Word Smart II: 700 More Words to Help Build an Educated Vocabulary (Princeton Review), 1st edition, 1992-08 By: John Katzman ISBN: 0679738630 Publisher: Princeton Review - 1992-08-04 Paperback | 1st edition | 304 Pages | List Price: $12.00 (USD) | Sales Rank: 269902 Amazon Review Get the third edition rather than this one. But, as for the Word Smart series in general: I used to work as a professional SAT Reading coach, making big bucks; the key issue for most of my students was vocabulary. Rather, VOCABULARY. (The other is slowing down and thinking as--not after--they read.) Many questions on the SAT reading section amount to vocabulary questions. What this means is that if you want to improve your SAT scores, if you are an ambitious student trying to get into one of the top schools, there is no two ways about it: you have to study vocabulary. And study vocabulary. You cannot study simply one book, or even one series of books. You have to study several series. However, the Princeton Review Word Smart series is the best that I know of. You should start here. Even if you think you have a good vocabulary, start here just to be on the safe side, and you can move on later. You would recommend studying any of the vocabulary books that I've ever seen--but I recommend mastering the Word Smart series. These really are by far the best--if you are shopping here, it probably means you need these books. If you were one of my students, your parents paying lots of money, I would force you to master these books, and I would ride you like a horse until you did. And then your scores would come up, your parents would love me and tell all their friends, and I would get more jobs and more money. That's how it works. Anyway, these are certainly the best vocabulary books on the market. Even if you're studying vocabulary for some other reason, these are probably still the best.
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