Book giveaway: The Perfect Score

The other day I shared some SAT essay ideas, and then forgot to mention the thing that got me thinking about the SAT in the first place– a book that I was recently offered for review.  It’s called The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT.

It’s the story of a mom who wanted to help her son do better on the SAT, and in the process of figuring out the secrets of the test, she herself took the SAT seven times.  NO way I’d like to do that, but I was very intrigued with her story and the things she learned on the way, both about the test itself, and about what worked and what didn’t work to motivate her teens to prepare for the test.  The book is an interesting combination of memoir and how-to. As I read, I sticky-noted resources that I want to remember, and also found myself sticky-noting funny sentences and interesting observations she made along the way.

If you’d like to own a copy of this book, comment below and tell me either about your experience taking the SAT– do you remember it?– or about why this book sounds interesting to you.  I’ll pick a winner early next week.


  1. Jennie C. says:

    I remember sitting groggily in the test room at my high school and someone came by to check on us after start time and our test giver wasn’t there! They scurried about finding someone and we all felt a bit apprehensive with less test time. It ended up being fine. : )

  2. I don’t remember my experience when I took the SAT but I have had several children take it over the years.
    Usually they are studying for months ahead of time. The day before the big test we have to travel up to two hours from home (the closest testing site) and stay in a hotel or bed and breakfast and then arrive at a strange school for the actual test very early in the morning. There are sites close to us but not at the time of year the kids need to take the test.
    This book would be interesting to read for my last child and grandchildren to learn tips on how to best prepare for this momentous test and for me to gain insight in the best ways to help them prepare well ahead of the test.

  3. Christin Harrison says:

    I would love this for my son. He just took the ACT for the first time and will take the SAT soon too. This would be so helpful for him. Thanks!

  4. It looks interesting because it is written by a mom trying to help her kid.

  5. It seems like a very interesting book, I like that it’s from a moms point of view. We still have a while before my first born takes the test but I have already been reading up on ways to help them. My son will be the first one of us to go to college. He is very smart, in all accelerated classes and I just want him to have every opportunity out there.

  6. tia bennett says:

    I remember taking the SAT twice trying to get a higher score. Everyone said the 2nd time you get a higher score. My score went down.

    I would love to hear her observations.

  7. Actually, I only took the ACT as it was the more popular test in Wisconsin. However, as standardized tests have really increased in the school experience, it will be interesting to note new trends.

  8. jennifer says:

    I took the SAT, but could not tell you how I did. The ACT is actually more popular in this area.

  9. I remember trying to talk after the SATs and my brain being so scrambled that I couldn’t make complete sentences…..I was just so tired from concentrating so intently for so long….okay how many times can I use “so”?!

  10. My oldest will be entering high school in the fall. The SATs don’t seem nearly as far away as they used to! I’d like for my kids to be better prepared for them than I was!

  11. I fell asleep the first time I took it! 🙂 My daughter takes it for the first time next month and I want to help her be successful.

  12. I took the SAT and the ACT. I remember feeling unconcerned. The ACT was what the school I was going to wanted – the SAT was just a warmup! Will not be the case for my kids though – I would love this book as I have a daughter that will be taking it in a couple years.

  13. Gena Conley says:

    I’m a homeschooling mom and was also home-schooled throughout most of my schooling years. (This was way before it was a “semi-cool” thing to do.) I remember taking the SAT and really wondering how I would match up to my “schooled” friends. I did just fine and only took them once. (Figured I probably wasn’t going to bump up my math score no matter how many times I took it:)
    Now I have kids that will be taking it in a year or so. Would love to help streamline and maximize their prepping process. Thanks – Gena

  14. We are just preparing for the high school to college adventure. I would love to read this book as I am looking ahead!

  15. Recently put this on my “to-read” list!

  16. I barely remember taking the SAT or ACT, and even the GRE is feeling fuzzy, but I have a daughter who is looking at pricey colleges (as opposed to the one where her father teaches which is not pricey… for us) and will need some good scores to help with scholarships.

  17. I just remember having many many sharpened pencils. My parents were very low key about it. I wonder how I’ll be whe my kids start preparing. What I do know is that it will be a different experience with each.

  18. This looks like a really interesting book. If I don’t win a copy, I may have to break down and buy one!

  19. Sounds interesting. I never took the SAT, and my kids are little enough that it’s a few years off for them. But I love this mom’s drive to crack the test code and help her child perform their best. Anything on understanding how the system works is intriguing to me.

  20. Homeschool kid #3 will be taking it next fall. The oldest 2 did well, but she is the one most likely to follow a traditional college route. The book sounds interesting– I would never want to have to do it again!

  21. My son is already in college, so I don’t really need the book but I think I’ll see if my library has this, as I think it would be a fun read. For the SAT, I did a lot of studying, read and practiced on the prep tests, etc. I was so nervous about taking it. My score was good enough to qualify for scholarships, so I did not take it again. (The GRE was a completely different experience. Everyone kept saying I would need to take it multiple times, etc, so I did zero studying for it and was itching to get out of the test to get to a huge rivalry football game that started minutes after the end of the test. I figured the first one through was good for experience and then I’d be more serious the second time through. And then the results came out, rather the same result as the SAT test, so I never bothered taking it again. We also won the national championship that year 🙂 so I was glad I’d gone to the game.)

  22. this book sounds wonderfully interesting!!! I have a junior who has yet to take the SAT, this would be great! I remember taking it but having no prep, just went in cold turkey, did ok, but I’m sure something like this would have helped. Thanks for the chance!

  23. When I took the SATs in school….we all took them like achievement tests. We had to pay something like $250 to get our score. Now, it seems it has to be paid in advance of taking the test.

    We homeschool now and I have several in high school. A couple ready to graduate. This would be helpful in helping them study to be sure I’ve covered all the areas well enough for them to get a decent score.

  24. Kristin P. says:

    Homeschooling mom of 3, one to enter high school levels next year. I would love to read this book to be proactive about their SAT scores!

  25. I remember studying for hours. In the end, I did just fine by looking at it as a puzzle. Do the best you can and hope for the best. Would love to win so I could see for my kids’ sake how it has changed.

  26. My daughter is a freshman in high school and I’m pretty clueless as to the best ways to help her succeed. I was raised by a single mom who worked all the time and took no interest in my school career. I missed taking the SATs when i should have, didn’t apply to colleges when I should, etc. because I didn’t have any guidance… I want A LOT better then that for my kids. I would love to have this book to learn all the tips and tricks of the trade so I can there for my daughter and help her reach her potential in ways I never was able to.


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