It’s been over a year since I published the first edition of the PWN the SAT Math Guide, and I’ve received a boatload of really helpful feedback from you guys since then. Recently I decided to give the book a tune-up based on what y’all have said, and now the 2nd edition is just about ready to start shipping. (If you want to be among the first to know when the new edition is available—and get it at a discount—make sure you’re following me on Facebook and/or Twitter.)

Since it’ll start showing up on Amazon, etc. fairly soon and I don’t want anyone to freak out, I figured I’d write up a post about what’s changed.

UPDATE: It’s up at now. 🙂

Updated chapters

Many chapters remain basically unchanged from the first edition. Others have received, as they say, a new coat of paint. Nothing has been drastically changed, but the following chapters have all been updated with additional example questions, explanations, and/or clarifications:

  • How to use this book
  • Backsolve
  • Guesstimate (this chapter has also been moved from the Geometry unit to the Techniques unit)
  • Exponents
  • Circles
  • Average, median, and mode
  • Probability


Cosmetic changes

As you can see, I’ve changed the cover up a bit. I’m no graphic designer, but the all-white started to look a little spare to me, so I wanted to add a splash of color. I think this looks a little better than it used to. I’ve also changed a few small things inside the book like

  • Where page numbers go—they’re on the outer corners now for easier flipping through
  • Important formulas—the few that there are—are more prominently displayed
  • A few minor font adjustments

Finally, I’ve taken a few actions to save paper. First, I changed the spacing between paragraphs a little bit so that there’s more space to write under practice problems, and less empty space where you don’t need to write. Second, I removed most of the “intentionally blank” pages—if you have a copy of the first edition you know I used a bunch of those (they have a blurry P logo on them). I had originally left those pages blank because I thought people might want to tear page out of the book, and I’ve left a few of them in for that purpose, but most have been removed. The end result is that even though I added a bunch of new content, I saved even more space by removing blank pages. So this book, despite being a bit more potent, is actually about 3 pages shorter. Every little bit counts. 🙂

Comments (2)

Sounds good! Enjoying reading the explanations like “buying a cake” versus “baking your own cake” in your first edition. Check out my blog and let me know what you think of my tips!

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