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The 3 Most Frequently Used Books for SAT Prep and ACT Test Prep

On August 31, 2010, in ACT, SAT, by Raju Gupta

A good way to prepare for the SAT and ACT exam is to practice “real past tests”. Typically, you can get the “real past tests” from official books published by the CollegeBoard and the ACT Org. Over the past few years we’ve worked with hundreds of tutors and thousands of students and here are the three most frequently used (or preferred) books used for SAT and ACT Prep:


1. The Official SAT Study Guide – Version 2 book with 10 Tests (this is current version)

2. The Official SAT Study Guide – Version 1 Book with 8 Tests

To see the difference between the above two SAT prep books read our article comparing the SAT version 1 and SAT version 2 books.


3. The Real ACT Prep Guide – with 3 Real ACT Tests

There are definitely books by other publishers out there. As a student or a tutor what book do you prefer for practicing or tutoring the SAT and ACT? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • GRE Prep

    Thanks for sharing Raju, these are all great books indeed. I would definitely recommend this to others.

  • Los Angeles Tutoring

    I found these books to be really educational in helping students with the ACT and SAT, espcecially me, I can remember buying SAT Prep book back in High School, what a tough test! Could of used some tutoring to help me too, always good to have someone tutoring me instead of trying to figure it out all on my own. But I would also suggest the newer versions of the SAT and ACT test prep books, because they change the material every year.

  • Commonwealth Education

    These books form the foundation of our SAT and ACT studying.  We repeat it over and over, but why reinvent the wheel when the test-makers put out sample questions?

    We do have an ebook companion for the SAT that we offer students, so even if they do not work with a tutor, they still have thorough explanations of answers.