Picks and Pans Review: The Ultimate S.a.t. Review

updated 04/11/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/11/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

This half-hour videotape, a workbook and four 30-minute audio cassettes constitute a two-to-five-week preparation course for the Scholastic Aptitude Test—the dread SAT, the college admissions ordeal-by-multiple choice that high schoolers face every year. "Yes, the SAT," says narrator Robert Mesch. "The mere sound of those three letters sends a shiver down the spine of many a high school student." Mesch gives tips on relaxing during the three-hour test: breathe deeply and take an occasional "minimental vacation." He explains scoring—"No, no, not that type of scoring," he jokes. He suggests memorizing math formulas and gives examples of traps in the verbal section. Mesch, 31, a former academic counselor, started teaching SAT preparation 10 years ago. His hints are helpful, especially a method of using index cards to learn the workbook's word list. Mesch's tone can be nerdy. After some sample analogies (stable is to horse as kennel is to dog), he gushes, "Actually, I think they're kinda fun to do!" Still, students could profit from the tape, if only by disarming their fears about just what sort of menace they're facing. Ready? Begin. (Today Home Entertainment, $39.95, 800-345-1441)

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