12 SAT Practice Tests with PSAT, 2nd Edition

We want to give you the practice you need on the SAT* McGraw-Hill’s 12 SAT Practice Tests with PSAT provides the intensive test-taking practice that can help you sharpen your skills, boost your confidence, and reduce your stress. Take these practice tests–created by two of America’s most experienced and respected test-prep coaches–and you’ll learn what kinds of questions are on the SAT, how the test is structured, and how to budget your time in each test section.

Watch your scores improve from one practice test to the next–and get ready to do your very best on the real exam. Inside you’ll find: 12 complete sample SAT exams with full explanations for every answer, plus a complete sample PSAT exam Through coverage of the best strategies for the SAT essay Scoring worksheets to help you calculate your total score for every test Expert guidance in prepping students for the SAT More practice and extra help online * SAT and PSAT are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Why do colleges need to see my SAT scores? Aren’t my grades and SAT Subject Test scores enough?

Many colleges use your SAT scores to help them assess your readiness to do tough college work. Although the SAT does not assess broad subject knowledge, it provides a universal benchmark that your high school transcript can’t. It assess skills that are essential to success in a competitive liberal-arts college: written argumentation, critical reading, and mathematical analysis.

Competitive colleges need the SAT because course grades are, unfortunately, far from objective measures of your academic ability. Teachers rarely give out grades consistently and without bias. We all know that every school has easy graders and hard graders. Also, many teachers occasionally inflate or deflate grades for reasons unrelated to intellectual ability, like “effort” or personal preference. Even when objective standards are used, they vary widely from teacher to teacher and school to school. Achievement tests like AP exams and SAT Subject Tests are more objective, but they are designed to assess subject knowledge, which can be easily forgotten, rather than basic reasoning skills, which determine broader academic ability. Subject knowledge is effective only when it is incorpo­rated into a meaningful and robust way of solving problems. The SAT, although not perfect, does a good job of measuring how well you reason under pressure, an important academic and life skill.

SAT-bashing has been a very popular pastime in the last 25 years or so, largely due to the “crack-the- test” SAT-prep franchises. Very few of their arguments against the SAT, however, hold any water. The fact is that more students take the SAT every year, and more colleges—not fewer—rely on the SAT every year.

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