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Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the New SAT

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An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension,... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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5 ratings

Good for the younger test-taker

I purchased this for my daughter, who is a 7th grader preparing to take the ACT through the gifted program. She used it in a study group at school. Not only was it helpful for the test, but she said the story was fun to read. Having read some of the less-favorable reviews, perhaps this worked for her because she is so young and hasn't been exposed to the more difficult vocabulary that a high school student might. I also think using it in a teacher-guided session made a big difference in helping her learn the vocabulary.


Alright I can relate to a lot of you highschoolers who are pressured by the SAT. I, too, have a vast collection of SAT books preparing for my test later this year. Although the math section comes naturally to me, it is the verbal section that proved difficult for me. I have two verbal books: Word Smart and Tooth and Nail, and I can candidly say that Tooth and Nail easily tops Word Smart for several reasons. Firstly, Tooth and Nail provides the reader with contextual vocabulary practice -- which is a part of the verbal section -- whereas Wordsmart is simply a list of words memorize. Secondly, it Tooth and Nail is smartly presented in a novel. Yes, okay it is a cheesy novel but it is better than the insipid lists of WordSmart. Thirdly, I find it is easier for me to recall the words through the book because I can remember a part of the plot thus helping me remember the words. In sum, the SAT preparer is left with a choice: The never ending lists of vocab words or the smartly presented, slightly cheesy novel Tooth and Nail...though choice...


This book is definitely among the easiest ways for students to augment their vocabulary. During sophomore year, it is an especially daunting task to memorize so many words from those tediously long word lists offered by SAT preparatory books. This book allows you to enjoy an exciting story, while increasing your vocabulary and ultimately, raising your SAT score.

This is the MOST ENTERTAINING part of prepraing for the SAT

I found this book to be most helpful. It brings you along in such a fun way that you never even realize you are learning the words until you find yourself using them daily. I could not think of a better guide. This one definitely works.

Excellent way to study for the SAT!

Get rid of those old word lists and dig into this amusing mystery! The most important SAT words are used and defined so students can have fun, read, and study all at the same time
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