Picks and Pans Review: The S.a.t.-Tv Review

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

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

Preppy hosts John and Pat (actors John Fischer and Pat Bonosky) preside over this tape, moving at breakneck speed through two hours of SAT advice and occasionally suggesting that students hit the pause button so that they can do workbook problems. First, Pat gives a detailed account of the SAT math section, covering every type of problem—fractions, roots and radicals, those troublesome exponents et al. Next, John explains the test's verbal section, warning students to base reading-comprehension answers on the text only—not on what they already know—and how to beat the SAT scoring system: Don't guess on multiple choice unless at least two possible answers can be eliminated. The hosts' attempts at humor are lame, but their explanations are lucid. They offer other hints too: Students who have already taken the test should send for their previous exams and go over wrong answers. Even good students could benefit from the tape and 96-page workbook, created by the 12-year-old College Preparatory Service. There's little basic information, though; it's assumed the viewer knows a lot and is approaching the SAT with a ferocious, Rambo-like determination to succeed. (College Preparatory Service, $59.95, 800-888-7288)

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