…this series in critical reading is an excellent way to prepare for the exam. Host Amy Lucas is young, lively, and engaging and brings an extensive background in test prep tutoring to her discussions. She helps students through every aspect of SAT critical-reading work through an approach that is clear, well organized, and certainly student-friendly. Students can work at their own pace to learn how to analyze passages, read the questions, build vocabulary, and understand the formats of the test. Lucas is always aware of the variety of student learning styles, presenting three different techniquesfor dealing with reading passages. VERDICT: A very useful SAT package that can aid students on the test and beyond in all reading work. Strong supplementary materials include a student workbook. Recommended for all collections serving junior high and high school students.
Library Journal, Critical Reading section review, April 2013
In stark contrast to the “teacher in front of a chalk board”… the presentation is personal, conversational, relaxed, and effective.
Peggy Dominy, Liaison Librarian, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Library collections serving high school students as well as homeschoolers seeking instruction, practice, and basic standardized test-taking tips for the Math SAT will find this series an essential purchase.
School Library Journal, Starred review, Math section
This set of two DVDs and a workbook walks the viewer through the writing component of the SAT and offers advice on how to approach the test. Narrator and tutor Amy Lucas is attractive and vivacious… her delivery makes the videos easy to watch.
Rosemary Arneson, University of Mary Washington Library, Fredericksburg, VA
Amy Lucas brings more than a decade of tutoring experience at the highest levels of the tutoring/test prep industry to this production. Starting with math vocabulary and then offering a discussion of the range of SAT problems from algebra to geometry to functions, this series offers the student the broadest coverage of the SAT math section. VERDICT: Highly recommended for students facing the SATs.
Library Journal, Math section review
The three different techniques for reading based on ability is an amazing idea. I have never seen it addressed this way and it is so important. The sample readings were excellent… the one on video games was particularly good… the answer explanations are great and are key to a student’s success. If they can understand their error it will help immensely.
Kevin Murchie, teacher, Garfield Senior High School, Los Angeles, CA
Teens will easily relate to her upbeat and friendly approach…Lucas’s mantra to restate information in your own words before answering a question allows students to trust their judgment, making it less likely that they will be confused by tricky questions.
School Library Journal, Starred review, Critical Reading section
Lucas divides the test into four categories – test numbers and operations, geometry and measurements, algebra and functions, and statistics and probability – and further breaks these categories into understandable chapters so that the complexity of both the subject and the test is reduced. Ten chapters provide step-by-step instructions and simplify concepts by utilizing illustrated sample problems as well as comprehensive drills at the end of each lecture.
Linda M. Teel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
I was really impressed! It gave me insight of an easier way to look at a problem… one of the best study skills books I’ve come across.
Amneris Gonzalez, Instructional Support Services Secondary Math, LAUSD
Amy Lucas has an engaging, clear, conversational style…Explanations of difficult math concepts, especially the process for determining the different “plug-ins” used are quite excellent….Step-by-step explanations are clear and concise.
Home Educating Family, Math section review
The tutorial on the essay section covers the important points in a clear and concise manner… the technique she employs will produce results… it works.
Nick Garrison, private tutor, Greenwich, CT
Lucas clearly states that she is coaching viewers on test-taking strategies, not teaching them general rules of grammar.Her examples are lucid and the suggestions consistent with those offered by other standardized test guides… VERDICT:Watching these DVDs and completing the workbook will not make the viewer a great writer, but the processes will help a student gain confidence in the writing skills required by the SAT.
Library Journal, Writing section review
I like the informal approach that the author uses to get on the student’s level about the topics. Identifying each example and exercise with its relative difficulty also gives students a better sense of what to expect on the exam… well done; the portions where Amy gives her explanations with graphics are well thought out and produced…
David Hammett, Math Department Chair, Oakwood School, Los Angeles, CA
…she has an expressive style that should hold the attention of students. All incorrect responses are explained clearly. There are easy-to-follow tips for writing the essay as well as sample essays that received high and low scores.
Ellen Frank, School Library Media Specialist, Jamaica High School, Jamaica, NY
Students looking for a comprehensive review of the Writing portion of the SAT will find this program very helpful,especially since they can select specific areas in which they need improvement.
School Library Journal, Writing section review
This will really help the students get stronger in SAT. Great product for the students.
Sam G – parent, Houston