Note: Although some of the advice below still applies, make sure to also check out our updated Best SAT Books 2016 list and book reviews!!!
If you’re planning on taking the SAT in the next year, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “What SAT review book should I get?”
With so many different options on the market (and let me tell you – they aren’t all created equal), it can be difficult to narrow down all the options. Luckily, I’ve compiled our 2015 SAT book reviews list to help you make your decision. Disclaimer: each book has pros and cons – even the best resources do! – but I’ve made sure to lay out all the information clearly so you can make your own comparison.
Take a look at the best SAT books of 2015!
2015 SAT Book Reviews
- SAT College Board Book
- Barron’s Prep
- Princeton Review 11 Practice Tests
This is the holy grail of SAT books. It may not have the most developed and effective strategies (though much is helpful), but it is the best source of SAT questions, bar none. That should be no surprise, since the tests in this book are former SAT tests. And there is no better way to hone your SAT skills than using actual questions that were carefully crafted by the writers of the test.
Overly massive and unnecessarily intimidating, Barron’s still has a decent set of practice tests. The tests aren’t as difficult or nuanced as the actual SAT, but for those scoring between 1500-2000 (which is most of you), this book makes for good practice. Overall, the book contains some useful strategies for all levels of test takers. Shame they are buried in so much text.
It is difficult to write an actual SAT question, but in some cases the questions from this book do a pretty good job of capturing the flavor. But not everything is up to snuff if you want to capture the real-test feel—and, with 11 tests, that just what this book aims to do. The questions following the reading comp aren’t tricky enough for the 650+ verbal crowd; the Improving the Sentences doesn’t have the complexity of the real deal.
Still, if you are worrying about running out of College Board tests, the Princeton Review mock tests make for some decent filler.
Other SAT Resources
- Magoosh’s Complete Guide to the SAT eBook
- Magoosh’s SAT Math Formula eBook
- High Schooler’s Guide to the Future eBook
- Magoosh’s SAT Book Reviews
Chock full of valuable tips and a few practice questions. Using a fun and lively style, this e-book will help you get your bearings.
All the math formulas you’ll need on the SAT, plus strategies and practice problems so you can learn how to use them under pressure!
For this eBook, Magoosh teamed up with CollegeXpress to combine our test-prep expertise with their college admissions knowledge. This guide to getting into college provides a timeline to help you navigate the college prep process year-by-year.
This list of Magoosh SAT book reviews grows all the time, so be sure to check back soon for new reviews!