Recommended SAT Books

We've put together a list of SAT books that we recommend. This list should keep even the most voracious of SAT test takers busy. In order to design the most effective SAT prep program for yourself, we recommend mixing and matching many of the books on the list. Any good program should center around the use of the Official Study Guide, which is the gold standard of SAT prep books.

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The Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition) by The College Board

The Official SAT Study Guide includes 4 official SAT practice tests created by the test maker.

The New SAT Guide 2nd Edition by Ivy Global

For students who will be taking the new, revised SAT test in 2016.Ivy Global's New SAT Guide (2nd Edition) is the first, comprehensive test preparation book to help students ace the new 2016 SAT. The book features three full-length practice tests, and contains over 700 pages of drills and strategies.

The New SAT Practice Tests by Ivy Global

A collection of up to four full-length tests by Ivy Global, replicating the experience of taking the exam. This test can provide an accurate representation on how a student will do on the real exam.

The New PSAT 3 Practice Tests by Ivy Global

The PSAT is going through significant changes for the fall of 2015 to reflect changes in the SAT for spring 2016. Get a head start on studying for the PSAT with Ivy Global's New PSAT 3 Practice Tests, the first book of practice tests that addresses the changes to the new PSAT.

The Kaplan New SAT Premier 2016 with 5 Practice Tests

Kaplan’s New SAT Premier 2016 provides you with everything you need to improve your score, guaranteed. Kaplan has helped more than three million students successfully prepare for standardized tests, so we know that our test-taking techniques, methods, and strategies work. Kaplan’s New SAT Premier 2016 is the must-have preparation program for every student looking to score higher and get into their top-choice college!

The Barron's NEW SAT, 28th Edition

This completely revised edition reflects all of the new question types that will appear on the NEW SAT, scheduled to be administered in Spring 2016.

The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 3rd Edition

This updated edition of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar provides comprehensive coverage of all the grammar and rhetoric tested on the redesigned (March 2016 and later) SAT multiple choice Writing section. Dozens of exercises help students move from studying concepts individually to applying their skills in a passage-based context. Also includes complete indices of College Board/Khan Academy questions, arranged both by category and by test.

The Critical Reader, 2nd Edition

The Critical Reader, 2nd Edition has been updated to reflect the content of the redesigned PSAT (2015 and later) and SAT (March 2016 and later). Intended to clearly and systematically demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the exam, this book provides a comprehensive review of the skills tested on SAT Reading for students who are serious about raising their scores.

The Barron's Strategies and Practice for the NEW PSAT/NMSQT

This completely new test prep manual introduces high school students to the newly redesigned PSAT/NMSQT test and prepares them to get the best score possible.

The Real ACT, 3rd Edition

The Real ACT Prep Guide with CD is the only book with insider test-taking tips and strategy, practice, and insight from the makers of the ACT. This is the only guide that includes 5 previously administered, full-length ACT tests written by the actual test maker (including 2 NEW practice tests). Also included is ACT content and procedures you'll follow when actually taking the test, along with in-depth review of the optional Writing Test and how it is scored; examples of all the question types; and suggestions on how you might approach the questions. The supplemental CD features a complete electronic copy of Peterson's Cool Colleges 101 and additional online college planning resources from Peterson's.

The Barron's ACT 36, 3rd Edition: Aiming for the Perfect Score

An ACT test score of 36 represents test-taking perfection. College-bound students who approach this score are virtually assured of acceptance into the nation's finest colleges. Students who are focusing on getting an exceptionally high or even perfect score on the ACT will want to get their hands on this innovative book. Inside, they'll find:

  • Advice and strategies for tackling the ACT's most difficult questions and coming up with winning answers
  • Extra-challenging practice tests in all ACT test areas: English, Math, Reading, Science, and the optional Writing test
  • Instruction on reading efficiently and retentively
  • Special tips for boosting your science score
  • Detailed advice on writing a winning essay

The ACT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective ACT Strategies Ever Published

The "ACT Prep Black Book" gives you unique, effective ACT strategies from Mike Barrett, an ACT tutor with clients all over the globe who pay him hundreds of dollars an hour for phone tutoring. The Black Book is a must-have, whether you need to

  • make a perfect 36 to be competitive at an Ivy,
  • score a 10 in each section to claim a sports scholarship,
  • or anything in between.