McGraw-Hill's SAT I

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The only book that gives students the reasoning skills they need to master the new SAT

McGraw-Hill's SAT I is the only test preparation guide based on developing a student's reasoning skills?the very skills the SAT is designed to measure. Rather than learning by rote, students learn how to develop eight essential thinking skills, allowing them to approach any problem from any...

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Overview

The only book that gives students the reasoning skills they need to master the new SAT

McGraw-Hill's SAT I is the only test preparation guide based on developing a student's reasoning skills—the very skills the SAT is designed to measure. Rather than learning by rote, students learn how to develop eight essential thinking skills, allowing them to approach any problem from any angle.

McGraw-Hill's SAT I includes:

  • An in-depth look at all changes to the SAT, including comprehensive coverage of new topics such as Algebra II and the English Essay
  • A diagnostic SAT simulation with fully explained answers
  • Subject tabs for easy-to-find reference
  • Time- and stress- management skills to help students stay focused, calm, and confident

No other test preparation guide gives students:

  • The 8 essential thinking skills for solving any problem in the math, critical reading, and essay sections
  • 6 full-length simulated SATs and 20 practice essays
  • Pullout flash cards covering all sections of the test
  • A step-by-step approach to writing the essay including what exam graders will be looking for
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071423908
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What You Need to Know about the New SAT I 1
Questions and Answers about the SAT I 2
How the SAT I Has Changed for 2005 6
Chapter 2 How to Use This Book 7
Find Out Where You Are 8
Write Out a Plan and Commit to It 9
Working with College Hill Lessons 9
Two Sample Plans: The 10-Week Study Plan and the 2-Week Crash Plan 10
Chapter 3 The College Hill Method 13
The College Hill Method in a Nutshell 14
What Is MAPS-CATCH? 16
Chapter 4 Smart Training for the SAT I 21
Smart Training for the SAT I 22
Creating a Mindful Workflow 22
The Mind-Body Connection 23
Smart Tips 25
Chapter 5 Diagnostic SAT I 31
A Complete Diagnostic SAT I to Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Chapter 6 How to Build an Impressive Vocabulary with MAPS-CATCH 85
Building an Impressive Vocabulary with MAPS-CATCH 86
Vocabulary Units 1-7 90
Chapter 7 Critical Reading Skills 175
The Three Key Questions 176
The Three Kinds of Prose 181
The Structure of Prose 186
Paraphrasing and Visualizing 191
Understanding the Questions 196
Attacking the Questions 201
Thinking Logically 209
Speed and Pacing 214
Avoiding Common Mistakes 219
The College Hill Coaching Reading List 224
Chapter 8 Sentence Completion Skills 225
Verbal Inference 226
The Four Logical Relationships 230
Structural Keys 234
Simplifying the Sentence 238
Using Context Intelligently 243
The Toughest Sentences 247
Chapter 9 SAT I Math and MAPS-CATCH 251
Mapping Problems 252
Analyzing Problems 257
Finding Patterns 261
Simplifying Problems 265
Connecting to Knowledge 269
Finding Alternatives 273
Thinking Logically and Checking 277
Chapter 10 Essential Pre-Algebra Skills 281
Numbers and Operations 282
Laws of Arithmetic 287
Fractions 291
Ratios and Proportions 296
Percents 300
Negatives 304
Divisibility 308
Chapter 11 Essential Algebra I Skills 313
Solving Equations 314
Systems 319
Working with Exponentials 324
Working with Roots 328
Factoring 332
Inequalities, Absolute Values, and Plugging In 337
Word Problems 342
Chapter 12 Special Math Problems 347
New Symbol or Term Problems 348
Mean/Median/Mode Problems 352
Numerical Reasoning Problems 357
Rate Problems 361
Counting Problems 365
Probability Problems 369
Chapter 13 Essential Geometry Skills 373
Lines and Angles 374
Triangles 381
The Pythagorean Theorem 387
Coordinate Geometry 394
Areas and Perimeters 398
Similar Figures 405
Volumes and 3-D Geometry 410
Circles 416
Chapter 14 Essential Algebra 2 Skills 421
Sequences 422
Functions 429
Transformations 433
Variation 437
Data Analysis 441
Negative and Fractional Exponents 445
Chapter 15 Writing a Great Essay 449
Know What They're Looking For 450
Examine the Assignment Closely 452
Brainstorm Creatively 454
Prepare with "Source Summaries" 456
Write a Strong and Creative Thesis 458
Organize Your Thoughts 460
Write Logically 462
Write Clearly 464
Write Concisely 466
Write Forcefully 468
Write Masterfully 470
Finish with a Bang 472
Chapter 16 Essay Writing Practice 477
Twenty Practice SAT I Essay Assignments
Chapter 17 Attacking the Grammar Questions 549
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 550
Attacking "Identifying Sentence Errors" Questions 556
Attacking "Improving Sentences" Questions 560
Attacking "Improving Paragraphs" Questions 564
Chapter 18 Essential Grammar Skills 569
Subject-Verb Disagreement 570
Trimming Sentences 574
Parallelism 578
Comparison Problems 582
Pronoun-Antecedent Disagreement 586
Pronoun Case 590
Dangling and Misplaced Participles 594
Other Misplaced Modifiers 598
Tricky Tenses 602
Idiom Errors 606
Diction Errors 610
Other Modifier Problems 614
Irregular Verbs 618
The Subjunctive Mood 622
Coordinating Ideas 626
Chapter 19 Four Practice SAT I Tests with Detailed Answer Keys 631
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    This books works WONDERS if you use it right.

    I had pretty high PSAT scores (all in the mid- to upper-600s), but thought it might be smart to prep for the SAT. A lot of my friends took Princeton Review or Kaplan classes, and said that they were a huge waste of time and money. (Sometimes the instructors know less than the kids!) I found the McGraw-Hill SAT book at the library and was very impressed with the way it is organized. Unlike other books that just walk you through their curriculum of test-taking tricks, showing you one or two artificial examples at most, this book has you take a VERY realistic practice test (I know it was VERY realistic because my score on the diagnostic test was IDENTICAL to my PSAT score. Wierd, right?) and then has a GREAT answer key that not only explains the answers very clearly, but shows you where to go in the book to review any concepts that gave you trouble. WHY ISN'T EVERY SAT BOOK ORGANIZED LIKE THIS? I don't know, but you can be sure that all the others will probably be doing the same thing soon. Christopher Black and Mark Anestis did it first though. Thanks, guys!! (Oh, by the way, I just got my SATs back: 800 760 800.) Woohoo!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    McGraw-Hill's SAT I

    This book is the best SAT prep available, but you should get the second edition. I bought this one (the first edition), but then returned it when I heard they already put out the second edition and made a lot of improvements. You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    McGraw-Hill's SAT I

    This book is great, but get the Second Edition, because it has made many improvments. I bought the first edition by mistake, and exchanged it when I heard the second edition was already out. There is no better book to use if you want to learn all the math and vocabulary on the SAT, and the practice tests point you right to the appropriate lessons, so you don't waste time reviewing what you don't need. It is a much more effective book than Princeton Review or Kaplan, which I also bought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    Be careful with the CD

    Just a word of caution from one person's experience, I tried loading the CD to access the practice tests and it completely corrupted my system-- no joke. I tried loading it onto a Win98 system (I know, ancient...don't laugh :) and immediately after, Windows starts telling me that Explorer.exe is corrupted and must be reinstalled. I must have tried running through Windows setup a half- dozen different times and ways, each time to get back to the same error. As yet I have not been able to install a working OS back onto the system. I am just about 100% certain that it was because of the McGraw-Hill SAT1 disc. Just a word of caution, at least my experience has been that it has rendered my system unusable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    McGraw-Hill's SAT I

    I loved this book! My SAT score went up 220 points! It's very clear, and you don't have to use the whole thing, just the parts that help you. It also gives you great review of the stuff you forgot in math class!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    McGraw-Hill's SAT I

    I am a private SAT tutor as well as a classroom teacher, and I have found this book to be an incredible asset with my private students as well as in the classroom. As someone who has actually used the Kaplan guide for years (nearly 10), I have to believe that the previous reviewer is a Kaplan employee trying to trash a competitor. The math and vocabulary review in the McGraw-Hill guide is far more thorough than that in the Kaplan books, and it is VERY well written. I have really spent a lot of time (perhaps too much) with all of these books, and I know the benefits and drawbacks of each one. I have not found anything by Kaplan or Princeton Review or Barron's that explains concepts in a way that I would use in my class, but I have used this book many times to explain grammar and writing rules in my class. The comparison isn't even close. I have several colleagues who also do SAT tutorial, and they are all using the McGraw-Hill guide now. The only downside is that the tests are tougher than real SATs, but I just use them with my brightest students and have the rest take the tests in the 'Official SAT Study Guide' by the College Board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    McGraw-Hill's SAT I

    I used the Kaplan book to get ready for my PSAT, but then I used this book for the SAT, and my scores improved by 280 points. The Kaplan book was pretty good, bu the vocabulary section of this book blows Kaplan and Princeton Review out of the water. The mathematics review and grammar review is also much more thorough. The Kaplan and princeton review books give you a question and explain how to do it using their method, then gives you at most three or four questions to practice with. The McGrawhill book gives you about 20 questions on every concept, and there are a LOT more concepts reviewed. It has a few drawbacks because it is a brand- new book, but it is excellent for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    AS THE STAR GUIDE SAYS, POOR!

    This book is terrible, really. The practice is absolutly the worst I have ever seen and the lessons suck. The college hill method is useless and this book doesn't teach you reasoning skills, it just tells you how to use them; badly, may I add.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Amazing!

    I took a practice test from this book, and did, well not too amazing. Then, I studied all my weaknesses. The way the books writes them out and makes them so concise is actually easier to understand. Math concepts that I thought I would NEVER get, I now understand completely. If you're looking for an SAT book, don't waste money on all the other ones that promise higher scores and cost a load of money. Instead, buy this book. Great job Christopher Black!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    A Godsend

    I have looked for YEARS for a book like this. All of the books that I've seen before this one (Princeton Review, Kaplan, Up Your Score, Barron's, etc.) either contained far too little practice, irrelevant or inappropriate exercises, and weak practice tests. Every element in this book-the vocabulary exercises, the math expanations, goes well beyond the material in Barron's or Princeton Review, and is incredibly clear and easy to follow. A lot of the other books try too hard to entertain you by being clever rather than teach you the substance of the test (Princeton Review, Up Your Score). (I know because I have tutored students in the SAT I for years and have looked diligently for good review books.) What kids really need is clear, substantive explanations followed by lots of appropriate exercises and detailed answer keys, and good practice tests, not a bunch of clever little tricks that only work on a few types of multiple-choice questions. This book provides that in spades. The chapters on reading comprehension and writing are great, because they actually prepare you for college-level work, even though it is focused on the SAT I. The practice tests, although a bit harder than the real SAT I, are, I think, deliberately so, so that students are better prepared for the real thing. Also, the flashcards are GREAT: they aren't just simplistic vocabulary cards, but really show you how to think better by showing you the common mistakes. They also cover all aspects of the test: math, grammar, writing, vocabulary roots, etc. 5 stars aren't enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    The best SAT book ever!

    This is the best SAT book that I have ever used. Christopher Black writes in a style that is accessible for test-takers, and all of his tips are helpful. The example essays in this book are exceptionally excellent...

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    Posted April 16, 2009

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