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A Basic Introduction to the New SAT at an Affordable Price.
April 25, 2016
I'm a Harvard grad, SAT perfect scorer and full-time tutor who has taught the SAT for nearly 20 years. I think we can all agree that notecards are great study tools, and are often more practical and easy-to-use than are books, which is why I was excited to buy and review this product.
I give these flashcards my recommendation because of their convenience, low price, and helpful system of organization. However, I would caution against simply "studying" these cards: passively reading them is not the best form of learning. Instead, write anything down that is unfamiliar. We fail to take advantage of tactile learning when we use pre-printed notecards, which is why making your own notecards is an even better option.
As you can see from the picture, the flashcards include convenient red tabs on the top that help you keep them organized in the box by topic.
The 500 flashcards are divided as follows:
1) 100 Vocabulary cards featuring context clues (two words on each flashcard--one on bottom (grey tabs) and the other on top (red tabs))
2) 200 Grammar and Writing cards
3) 90 Math Fact cards
4) 20 Math Strategy cards
5) 70 Multiple-Choice Math questions
6) 20 Grid-In Math questions
In addition, it is worth noting that these cards are designed for the average test-taker, not SAT high scorers (1200 and above). Many of the flashcards are very basic and feature questions like "What is an integer?" and "How many degrees are in a straight line?". While these concepts are of course essential to the New SAT, most high school students are already well aware of these basic mathematical facts, and might need something more challenging. But for someone just starting to get familiar with the basics of this test, these flashcards from Barron's will provide a solid introduction.
Right now these cards are selling for $9, which is a steal. Barron's is quickly becoming my go-to recommendation for affordable, competent test-prep books and flashcards.
However, don't forget to also purchase the Official Guide to the SAT (or download the free PDF equivalent from the College Board website), which is the only source of real test questions for the SAT. You are also welcome to read my detailed review of the book, which is currently the top review on Amazon: Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition) (Official Study Guide for the New Sat)
For more information, including my personal, frequently updated recommendations for SAT prep, google "SAT Action Plan - McElroy Tutoring."