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Top Ten SAT Test Prep Books

Here we review the Top Ten SAT Test Prep books available for students hoping to get into Ivy League schools. SAT preparation can really be as simple as reading a good SAT study guide. But which one? And is an SAT test prep book the best choice for you?

SAT Online Test Prep

SAT preparation can now be tackled through online SAT test prep courses. You’ll find SAT practice tests, downloadable study guides, and incredible convenience. But are you self-directed enough to make the most of an online SAT preparation course?

SAT Prep Courses

When are SAT prep courses right for you? Is Kaplan Test Prep a good fit for your ambitions and budget? What are the advantages of small group classes for practice SAT tests and SAT preparation? For SAT/ACT, a test prep course could be just the thing.

College Admission Essay

The secret to a great college admission essay lies not in the content of your personal statement itself, but rather in how it fits together in your overall college admissions package. This is your first experience with marketing yourself – a skill you will need to master in life, whether you attend an Ivy League college or not.

College Essay Topics

When you begin your college application essays, you will encounter a variety of college essay topics. Don’t be alarmed. Virtually all amount to a personal statement. Let’s examine the choice of topics for your college admission essay.

Drawing Upon Personal Experiences

The college admission essay is often called a personal statement, and for good reason. Good college essay writing demonstrates your ability to perceive life experiences with depth, and to draw meaningful observations and life-transforming conclusions. Top colleges and universities, especially Ivy League schools, not only want to get to know you – they want to understand how you see yourself in the world.

The Importance of Outlining

Essentially, good college essay writing is no different than essays you’ve written in high school. Begin writing your college personal statement by composing an outline. An outline is your roadmap of where your college personal statement needs to go, and how you’re going to get there through skillful, eloquent argumentation. Even if your “evidence” is your own life experience, you must argue, cite and analyze as you would with any term paper.

The Top Ten College Guides

Ivy Bound presents a review of the top ten college guides, with an emphasis on those serving students trying to get into an Ivy League school. There are countless college guides to choose from, so we’ve selected only the best for our future members of the Ivy League.