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SAT Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Have you ever walked down the SAT prep aisle at the book store? There are so many resources to choose from. How do you figure out which books are actually worth your time and money, and filter out all the rest?

The answer: with our help. Our SAT Expert, Chris Lele, has read through the top options in order to offer candid and concise book reviews of the most popular SAT prep books out there. We hope that these reviews help you choose the resources that will work best for you.

Important 2016 Update

As of January 23, 2016, the majority of SAT prep books on the market became completely outdated. Wondering how this could possibly be true? Well, the makers of the SAT exam (The College Board) have changed the game by redesigning the SAT. The new SAT exam will be different in many ways, and test prep books that were written for the old exam no longer offer up-to-date information about the test.

Don’t freak out – book publishers are having a field day writing new materials about the redesigned exam. And we’re putting on our reading glasses and setting to work reviewing them all. 🙂


What’s the Best SAT Prep Book?

the official sat study guide 2016 edition

It’s The Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition). Hands down. This text comes straight from the makers of the SAT, and is the new “SAT Blue Book” that tutors love to talk about. We use it in our study schedules, and talk a lot about it on this blog. While the strategies aren’t amazing, the official practice tests alone are worth the investment. 🙂 Read our review of The Official SAT Study Guide and see why it’s worth all the hype.

Did you know that we write an annual list of our favorite SAT books? Here’s the 2016 edition.

Magoosh New SAT Book Reviews

Before you splurge on any SAT prep book, take a look at our assessments of each resource’s strengths and weaknesses (more coming soon!):

The Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition)

    • If you like to hold a physical book in your hands, then buy this book for it’s wealth of incredible practice materials. But remember that all of this material is available online, FOR FREE!

Kaplan New SAT 2016 Strategies, Practice and Review with 3 Practice Tests

    • Use this book for math strategies and practice; steer clear of the verbal.

The Princeton Review: 500+ Practice Questions for the New SAT

    • This book provides a great place to start practicing, especially if you’re new to the test. But for practice tests and more difficult questions, you’ll need a different book.

Barron’s: Strategies and Practice for the New PSAT/NMSQT

    • This book is a good place to find a couple extra practice tests.


All Magoosh New Book Reviews

Beware! Many of these book reviews pertain to the old version of the SAT exam. Proceed at your own risk…

SAT Book Reviews


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