SAT Exam Prep Books & Resources – ISBNs and Best Prices

One yard stick that colleges use for admissions in the USA is SAT Test or ACT Test scores. Historically, ACT Test was popular only in the mid-western and southern US while the rest of the country used the SAT Test. That is no longer the case and right now it is more of a personal choice as to which test to take. Universities adopt a conversion chart to compare SAT Test and ACT Test scores. These conversion charts vary between colleges and universities and so it is best to get this chart from the concerned website.

To ease the confusion on choosing between the tests consider these points:
  1. Those with an excellent overall GPA will fare better with ACT Test, as math is explored in depth. Admirable grammar and vocabulary skills aid those considering the SAT option.
  2. The testing fee for ACT is comparable to SAT as the basic fee for SAT is $43 compared to $39.50 for ACT Test. With the optional writing section, the fee increases to $56.50 for ACT and $54.50 for SAT.
  3. The ACT Test comprises of four sections - English, Math, Reading, and Science with 215 questions between them - English: 75 questions (45 minutes), Math: 60 questions (60 minutes), Reading: 40 questions (35 minutes), and Science: 40 questions (35 minutes) timed at 2 hours 55 minutes total. The optional writing test is 30 minutes. The SAT Test takes longer – 3 hours 45 minutes and includes a total of nine sub-sections spread over Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Despite being longer, the sub-sections and the breaks in between make it seem the SAT test moves faster.
Note: College Board debut a redesigned SAT for Spring 2016. The main changes are: a) 1600-point system with optional essay and b) no penalty for wrong answers. Other differences include a focus on fewer areas in the Math section, dropping obscure vocabulary not generally used in college and career, and an emphasis on the use of evidence to support answers. Also, there is a new initiative with Khan Academy to contain the cost of test preparation. Check out their website for complete details.

It used to be that Score Choice was not available with the SAT Test. That is no longer the case – you can choose which score you want to report to colleges with either the SAT Test or the ACT Test.

Below is a list of study resources available to prepare for the SAT Test:



ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
The Official SAT Study Guide
  • New SAT from 2016: 978-1457304309 at $15.26
  • SAT Till EOY 2015: 978-0874478525 at $4.37.
$4.37The best single resource to have. Several official SAT practice tests. Descriptions, practice questions, math review, and suggestions.
Practice Tests for SAT by Princeton Review
  • For New 2016 SAT (Kindle Edition)  at $23.99.
  •  For New 2016 SAT (Paperback): 978-0804125994 at $23.86.
  • For 2015 or 2016: 978-0804126090 at $14.62.
  • For SAT & PSAT 2015: 978-0804125093 at $19.02
VariesDetailed answer explanations for every question. Drills for test sections.
SAT Prep Black Book by Mike Barrett
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-0615780849 at $16.16.
$9.99Best Seller. The most effective SAT strategies ever published. Designed for use with the College Board's official guide (Blue Book). 250+ solutions for real SAT questions. The version for the newly designed SAT is yet to be out, but this version can be fairly useful.
500+ Practice Questions for the New SAT by Princeton Review978-1101881750$10.52Created for the redesigned 2016 exam. Guide to the major changes in the New SAT. Practice all question types including the new formats. Detailed answer explanations and strategies for scoring success.
Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide978-1402295737$22.68Five full-length SAT practice tests, vocabulary builder, Strategies for Essay, Writing, Vocabulary, Math, and Critical Reading.1846 additional practice problems and explanations. 150,000-word vocabulary builder.
Kaplan SAT: Strategies, Practice, and Review
  • New SAT 2016: at $14.20
  • 2015 Paperback: 978-1625231499 at $12.63.
  • 2015 Kindle Edition at $8.53.
$13Several full-length practice tests, answer explanations, scoring strategies, online practice. Book + Online + DVD.
500 key words for the SAT, and how to remember them forever978-0965326339$13Mnemonic based helpers make this an outstanding book.
Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word Power978-0965242233$9Another mnemonic helper based book with 290 words.




Besides the general SAT test, there are also subject tests on twenty different areas – twelve language areas, and eight other subject areas. They are also commonly known as SAT II tests. College Board publishes an Official Study Guide for ALL Subject Tests.

Below is a list of study resources available for the subject tests:

English Literature:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Barron's SAT Subject Test: Literature9781438003696$11.48Seven full-length practice tests and two diagnostic tests. Review of the seven literary elements.
Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Literature
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-1618658494 at $12.59.
$9.998 full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test, answer explanations, chapter summaries, score-raising strategies, and video tutorials.
Cracking the SAT Literature Subject Test (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0804125642 at $13.98.
$13.984 full-length practice tests with explanations, subject review, coverage of prose, poetry, drama, and terms.
McGraw Hill's SAT Subject Test: Literature
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-0071763356 at $4.45.
$4.459 full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations. Tips for test day. Glossary of tested literature terms. Step-by-step review of important books and authors.




United States History:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
The Official SAT Subject Tests in U.S. & World History978-0874477696$3Two full-length practice tests (previously administered) in each of U.S. History & World History Subject Test areas with answer explanations. Test taking strategies and study guide.
McGraw-Hill’s SAT Subject Test in the United States History
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-0071609265 at $3.
$3Six full-length practice test along with a diagnostic test. Complete explanations for all questions. Tips and strategies.
Barron’s SAT Subject Test in U.S. History
  • Kindle Edition at $12.70
  • Paperback: 978-1438003115 at $5.81.
$5.81Review of major topics.Diagnostic test along with several full-length practice tests with answer explanations. Subject review quizzes.
Cracking the SAT U.S. History Subject Test by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0804125727 at $13.98.
$13.983 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. Practice drills at the end of each content review chapter. Pop quiz sections throughout the review sections.
Kaplan SAT Subject Test U.S. History $9.99Several full-length practice tests along with a diagnostic test and answer explanations. Chapter summaries, highlights, and quizzes. Strategies and end-of-chapter quizzes.
The Insider's SAT II US History Exam978-0985291235$13.94A series of unique items forms the core of this book: narrative review of key topics, collection of frequently tested quotes, key people, presidents, elections, amendments, and laws. Also includes a complete practice test.
No Bull Review - for use with the AP US History Exam and SAT Subject Test
  • Kindle Edition at $7.99
  • Paperback: 978-1514337509 at $13.45.
$7.99Has definitions and explanations of terms, concepts, and themes in the U.S. History curriculum. 240 multiple-choice questions for the SAT Subject Test.



World History:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
The Official SAT Subject Tests in U.S. & World History978-0874477696$13Two full-length practice tests (previously administered) in each of U.S. History & World History Subject Test areas with answer explanations. Test taking strategies and study guide.
Kaplan SAT Subject Test World History
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-1419553530 at $3.
$3Full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test with answer explanations. Review of all tested material and test-taking strategies.
Barron’s SAT Subject Test World History978-1438005263$14.20Two full-length practice exams with answer keys and explanations. 25-chapter review of world history. Practice and review questions at end of each chapter.
Cracking the SAT World History Subject Test by Princeton Review $11.27Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. Drills at the end of each content chapter. Quick-review lists of people, places, events, and concepts.


Mathematics Level 1 and Mathematics Level 2:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
The Official SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 by College Board
$11
Barron’s SAT Subject Test Math
  • Kindle Workbook at $10.49
  • Paperback Workbook at $4.35.
  • Paperback Level 1 at $12.85.
  • Paperback Level 2 at $8.95
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Kaplan SAT Subject Test Mathematics
  • Kindle Workbook at $11.99
  • Paperback Workbook at $7.86
  • Kindle Level 1 at $9.99
  • Paperback Level 1 at $13.54.
  • Kindle Level 2 at $9.99
  • Paperback Level 2 at $12.11.
VariesSeveral practice tests, diagnostic test, answer explanations, chapter reviews, etc.
Cracking the SAT Math Subject Test by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition Level 1 at $14.99
  • Paperback Level 1 at  $11.20.
  • Kindle Edition Level 2 at $14.99
  • Paperback Level 2 at $13.45.
VariesSeveral full-length practice tests, review key for Math Vocabulary, Basic Functions, and Equations.



Biology E/M:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Cracking the SAT Biology E/M Subject Test
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0375429057 at $12.67.
$12.67Two full-length practice tests with explanations. Comprehensive review. 
Barron’s Subject Test Biology E/M
  • Kindle Edition at $12.99
  • Paperback: 978-0764142031 at $14.19.
$12.99Two full-length practice tests along with a diagnostic test with answers and explanations. Study guide, review, and strategies.
Kaplan's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M $8.99Two full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test. Answer explanations, summaries, highlights, quizzes, etc.


Chemistry:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Cracking the SAT Chemistry Subject Test
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-037542906 at $12.95.
$12.95Three full-length practice tests, review of all essential content tested, along with techniques and strategies.
Barron’s SAT Subject Test Chemistry978-0764144806$8Four practice tests and a diagnostic test along with extensive subject review.
Kaplan's SAT Subject Test Chemistry $9.99. Full length practice tests and diagnostic test. Answer explanations, summaries, highlights, quizzes, etc.


Physics:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0375429118 at $13.31.
$13.31Two full-length practice tests, along with strategies and complete review. 
Kaplan SAT Subject Test Physics
  • Kindle Edition at $9.99
  • Paperback: 978-1419553509 at $11.21.
$9.99Three full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test, summaries, highlights, quizzes, answer explanations and strategies.
Barron's SAT Subject Test Physics $4.47Reviews of all major topics. Provides methodology used for all Physics problems. Three full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test.
 

French and French with Listening:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Cracking the SAT French Subject Test (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0375429071 at $13.79.
$13.79Two full-length practice tests with explanations and techniques.
Barron's SAT Subject Test French: With 3 Audio CDs978-0764196737$7.95Eight full-length practice tests with four supplemented with listening discs. Answer key and explanations, subject review, and quizzes with answers.

German and German with Listening:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
SAT Subject Test: German 978-0738601601$23College Board Passbook Series.



Spanish and Spanish with Listening:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Barron’s SAT Subject Test Spanish with Audio CDs978-0764193460$16Ten full-length SAT practice tests with answers and explanations. CD presents listening comprehension practice. Grammar and Vocabulary review and advice.
Cracking the SAT Spanish Subject Test by Princeton Review
  • Kindle Edition at $14.99
  • Paperback: 978-0375429125 at $11.89.
$11.89Three full-length practice tests. Vocabulary and Grammar review along with techniques and strategies.
Kaplan SAT Subject Test Spanish978-1609785888$9.67Five full-length practice tests. Comprehensive grammar review.  Strategies for every question type.


Modern Hebrew:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
SAT II Subject Test in Hebrew (Modern)978-0837363073$23College Board Subject Test Series.


Italian:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
SAT II Subject Test in Italian 978-0837363080$24College Board Subject Test Series.

Latin:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
SAT Subject Test: Latin with CD-ROM (REA)978-0738602530$18Complete review along with two full-length practice tests and answer keys.
SAT II Subject Test in Latin – College Board PassBooks978-0837363097$28Study guide with Q&A.


Chinese with Listening:




Japanese with Listening:

ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
How to Prepare for SAT II Japanese by Barron’s978-0812082760$150Nine practice tests and a diagnostic test. Review of Japanese grammar, writing and pronunciation.

Korean with Listening:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
SAT II Korean with Listening CD – Hollym International Corporation978-1565911246$45Ten complete practice tests and listening comprehension CD. Complete with review and examples.




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