About Up Your Score

Number-2 pencil? Check. Calculator? Check. Attitude? You’ve come to the right place.


The Up Your Score books are nothing like those other test-prep books, the ones you would only read as a cure for chronic insomnia. For one thing, they’re the only test-prep guides written by actual students who aced the test. These kids have been in your shoes, so they know what you want: proven strategies for outsmarting the tests, of course, alongside heaping portions of humor, illustration, and the latest pop culture references.



UP YOUR SCORE, 2016-2017 EDITION

Thoroughly overhauled for the new SAT, Up Your Score is the only test-prep guide written by students—all of whom achieved perfect or near-perfect scores and went on to the colleges of their choice. A complement and reality check to the mainstream SAT study guides, it’s the book that kids recommend to each other, because it’s as entertaining as it is effective, showing students how to:


  • Think like the SAT
  • Master insider math tricks
  • Remember the 13 most important grammar rules
  • Hone their speed and timing
  • Be a better guesser (and why it’s always better to guess)
  • Vanquish anxiety and improve concentration
  • Best fill in the answer circles, saving nearly six minutes
  • Unwind with SAT Yoga

Packed with up-to-date information and smart strategies for the redesigned SAT, this new edition of Up Your Score is written with a sharp sense of humor in the irreverent voice of a peer, so it engages kids, rather than puts them to sleep. And, to really keep that energy up, it includes a recipe for Sweet & Tasty 800 Bars.


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UP YOUR SCORE: ACT, 2016-2017 EDITION

It’s the ACT’s turn. No longer considered a “regional” test and accepted at all four-year colleges throughout the United States, it’s the most popular college admissions test in the country. More than 1.8 million students from the class of 2013 took it.


Now updated to address the changes planned for the ACT in 2015, Up Your Score: ACT is the test prep and survival guide that kids will actually want to use. Written by Chris Arp, a Princeton graduate and top ACT tutor— with the help of four students who aced the test (and went on to the colleges of their choice)—it’s a true insider’s guide, filled with effective strategies and tips, delivered with the attitude, smarts, and wit that make Up Your Score the best-selling alternative test prep series in print.


Beginning in 2015, the ACT will include more layers in its scoring (including separate STEM, English language arts, and “progress toward career readiness” sub-scores); in some places it will be administered digitally (and those tests will include optional “constructed-response” questions, in which students will have to come up with the answers, not select among multiple choices); and the essay will be less open ended, requiring more analysis.


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