Larry Krieger is a renowned author and educator whose books and workshops have helped thousands of students achieve outstanding scores on the SAT. Larry has long recognized that students do not need to memorize dictionary-like lists of vocabulary words. As the author of the first three editions of the Direct Hits vocabulary books Larry pioneered the technique of using pop culture to illustrate difficult SAT words. The Essential 500 Words takes Larry’s innovative techniques to a new level. Larry provides students with a variety of illustrative examples that include pop culture, student anecdotes, and Insider tips drawn from actual test examples. In addition, Larry also shows students how to use their vocabulary to answer both sentence completion and passage-based questions. The result is a unique book that will help students achieve high critical reading scores.-- From publishers description.