The Perfect Score Project: One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT (Paperback)

One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT

By Debbie Stier

Harmony, 9780307956682, 295pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014



"The Perfect Score Project "is an indispensable guide to acing the SAT - as well as the affecting story of a single mom's quest to light a fire under her teenage son.
It all began as an attempt by Debbie Stier to help her high-school age son, Ethan, who would shortly be studying for the SAT. Aware that Ethan was a typical teenager (i.e., completely uninterested in any test) and that a mind-boggling menu of test-prep options existed, she decided - on his behalf -- to sample as many as she could to create the perfect SAT test-prep recipe.
Debbie's quest turned out to be an exercise in both hilarity and heartbreak as she took the SAT seven times in one year and in-between "went to school" on standardized testing. Here, she reveals why the SAT has become so important, the cottage industries it has spawned, what really "works" in preparing for the test and what is a waste of time.
Both a toolbox of fresh tips and an amusing snapshot of parental love and wisdom colliding with teenage apathy, "The Perfect Score Project "rivets. In the book Debbie does it all: wrestles with Kaplan and Princeton Review, enrolls in Kumon, navigates, meets regularly with a premier grammar coach, takes a battery of intelligence tests, and even cadges free lessons from the world's most prestigious (and expensive) test prep company.
Along the way she answers the questions that plague every test-prep rookie, including: "When do I start?.."."Do the brand-name test prep services really deliver?.."."Which should I go with: a tutor, an SAT class, or self study?.."."Does test location really matter?" ..."""How do I find the "right" tutor?.."." ""How "do "SAT scores affect merit aid?..". and "What's the "one "thing I need to know?"
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"The Perfect Score Project's" combination of charm, authority, and unexpected poignancy makes it one of the most compulsively readable guides to SAT test prep ever - "and "a book that will make you think hard about what really matters.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Debbie Stier is a single mother of two teenagers whose book publishing career spanned over two decades. Her website,, has become a major hub for SAT advice, and her book, featured in the "New Yorker," "USA Today," and "The Atlantic." Stier has appeared as guest on The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Bloomberg, NPR, and ABC, to talk about standardized testing and "The Perfect Score Project." She lives with her son and daughter in New York City, but you can find her writing daily advice about education and SAT test prep on her website.