The Top 3 Books for the New SAT in 2016

2016 SAT Books

Any time an assessment company makes changes to an existing exam, the test prep industry has to work hard to keep pace with the changes of the tests. The Redesigned SAT, also known as the New SAT of 2016, is significantly different from the SAT of years gone by. On it, new sections like Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing, and the Redesigned Math test are so different from their previous counterparts that you must learn the new test format before you can begin to study. The following test prep books can not only help with learning the fine details of the new exam, they can give you the strategies you need to master each section and get the highest New SAT score you possibly can. 

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Best New SAT Book #1

McGraw-Hill New SAT 2016

Title: McGraw-Hill Education SAT 2016 Edition

Author: Christopher Black and Mark Anestis

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Price on Amazon at Press Time: $19.00

Inclusions: This book offers complete coverage of the New SAT all in one spot: the book itself. You'll get three full-length practice tests (one which is diagnostic) along with hundreds of practice questions to help you nail the new content. An incredibly helpful inclusion is a 16-page insert with the top 40 strategies for test day. Even if you read nothing else in the book, those strategies will boost your score if you use them. 

Why Buy? There's no reason not to. It's less expensive than other New SAT books, has higher reviews, and offers visual appeal, killer strategies, and tons of practice for the New SAT. 

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Best New SAT Book #2

Kaplan New SAT Book for 2016
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Title: Kaplan New SAT Premier 2016 with 5 Practice Tests

Author: Kaplan Test Prep

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Price on Amazon at Press Time: $23.86

Inclusions: With this book for the New SAT from Kaplan, you kind of get the works. The giant tome (more than 1,300 pages) includes 5 full-length practice tests for the New SAT (two in the book and three online), and one of them is a diagnostic test to help you focus your studying. You'll also get more than 2,000 practice questions with additional questions online, a DVD with video tutorials, and a guarantee. 

Why Buy? Kaplan tends to be the end-all, be-all when it comes to test prep books and this version isn't any different. Although the book is significantly bigger than the previous Kaplan SAT books, the heft is worth it; it's comprehensive strategies for mastering the New SAT are on point. 

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Best New SAT Book #3

Princeton Review Cracking the New SAT 2016
Princeton Review Cracking the New SAT 2016. Princeton Review

Title: Cracking the New SAT Premium 2016

Author: The Princeton Review

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

Price on Amazon at Press Time: $23.69

Inclusions: The Princeton Review's New SAT book offers you six full-length practice tests (4 in the book and 2 online), drills for each new section of the exam, along with detailed, easy-to-understand explanations for every answer choice. 

Why Buy? I've said it before, I'll say it again: The Princeton Review books are easy to understand. Sometimes, it's tough to figure out what you've done wrong on a particular question if you don't "get" the explanation. PR works hard to avoid those comprehension errors by writing readable text. In addition, the book, even with the additional practice tests, is much smaller than Kaplan's at only 880 pages, so if you're easily overwhelmed, this book may be more manageable for you. 

Learn More About the New SAT

Wait just a minute. There's a New SAT? If you're brand new to this idea, then click the link to take a peek at Redesigned SAT 101 to help you get a grip on the structure, timing and scoring of the new test.