To help you maximize your study time (and save your hard-earned cash) I’ve reviewed the options for the best SAT books on the market and graded them from most to least helpful.
Keep in mind that some publishers do a good job on some things (like practice tests or a specific section of the SAT) and a sub-par job on other things.
Things to Love Takeaway In sum, you don’t need to buy this book.
For review, you are much better off going with any of the major publishers on the market.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t buy the book, but it might mean that you won’t use the book in its entirety.
I want to start by pointing out that Magoosh has a great, free SAT study guide! How the Current Edition Compares to the Previous One This book hasn’t been updated for a while (the most recent version was published in 2017), so steer clear of the first edition: it’s written for a previous edition of the test and won’t help you prepare for the current SAT!
Four of those are online, which is a bit annoying considering that this is still a paper-based test.
Furthermore, I tried to get online access as promised by the book to the additional tests, and the Kaplan website was super complicated.
Not all SAT prep books are created equal: some you’ll want to use in their entirety (though only a few), others you’ll want to use only parts of, and others you’ll want to steer clear of.
This is particularly true now that prices are falling and Kindle versions are available—in some ways, that’s awesome, but it can also encourage students to buy a ton of books without seriously evaluating their quality.