The Big Myth
I have one serious issue with the College Board. The company claims that your performance on the SAT is directly related to your readiness for college: If you do well on the SAT, then you are academically prepared for college. In my view, and in the opinion of many others who have studied the test, this claim is false.
Your performance on the SAT only measures how well you take the SAT. That's it! Your SAT score is no an indication of how smart you are. If your current SAT score is low, don't be discouraged. The SAT tests very specific subject matter, most of which you are not explicity taught in high school anyway. Nevertheless, the College Board maintains that the SAT is an excelent indicator of what you have learned in high school. They say, "[The SAT] tests your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics -- the same subjects you're learning in high school," "[The SAT] measures what you already know," and "If you take rigorous, challenging courses in high school, you'll be ready for the test." Nothing could be further from the truth.
A tough high school course load does not guarantee a good score on the SAT. The truth is, you can diligently train for the SAT, and you will find that most of what I will teach you in this book has not been taught to you in high school."
Emphasis is mine.
This is about the current SAT; the book was published in 2012.
I note that it does not seem that the edits to the SAT which are being written right now and are due to roll out in spring of 2016 are not in reaction to making it a more accurate indicator of what you know or your college readiness but is an attempt to fashion it after the ACT's style which is gaining more and more usage due to it's more straightforward question asking style and seemingly less trickiness. It seemed to me from what I read, that the goal is to stop losing money due to students switching to the ACT by making the SAT more like the ACT.
This author was a public school student who trained using his own methods and wound up with a 2400 score on the SAT. He wrote the book to explain his process, for others who want to train by themselves at home to help raise their SAT score.
A friend recommended this to me and I have just started reading it. I am not sure how this will help our family because so far my older son is not engaged in the SAT prep process and I understand that the motivation and desire must come from within the student. As an external influence a parent cannot make their teen do well, they must buy in, prep, study and practice. The parent cannot do the work for them.