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McGraw-Hill's PSAT/NMSQT, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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Christopher Black, MA, is the founder of College Hill Coaching and author of McGraw-Hill's SAT.

Mark Anestis, MA, is the coauthor of McGraw-Hill's SAT: Biology.

College Hill Coaching is one of the foremost providers of individualized tutoring services in the United States.


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  • Series: McGraw-Hill's PSAT/NMSQT
  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071742115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071742115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carl DeVarona on April 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am astonished that this book costs less than the Princeton Review PSAT book, but is twice as big and twice as useful!!! I am a 20-year high school teacher in the Chicago suburbs who also tutors students for the SAT, ACT and PSAT, and this is hands down the most effective tool for tutors and students who are willing to do some serious work preparing for the PSAT. Don't be fooled-the PSAT is important, even though it's a practice SAT, because it is used to determine who qualifies for National Merit Scholarships.

The authors of this book, Christopher Black and Mark Anestis, clearly understand how students learn, what mistakes they commonly make, and how to explain difficult concepts in a way that kids can understand. (Princeton Review and the others don't even pretend that they can improve students' reading or math skills, and so they don't.) Even better, "McGraw-Hill's PSAT" provides tone of practice for students who want to work on improving their reasoning skills, and plenty of diagnostic tests with substantial answer explanations.

Whather you are a parent, a student or a tutor, you will want to use this book.

Black and Anestis get it exactly right in this book: the PSAT and SAT are not simply tests of "how well you know how do take multiple choice tests" (as the Princeton Review claims ad nauseum). It's a test of reasoning skills, and only students who improve those reasoning skills can hope to see great PSAT or SAT score improvements. I've been using this book for a full year, and my students have improved their scores by an average of close to 100 points per section (or 10 points per section on the PSAT). Of course, I'm willing to take a certain amount of that credit, but I don't think it would be nearly as easy without this book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Student97 on July 31, 2012
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The most amazing book out there!!! A great supplement to the Blue Book.
Get these 2 books and you will kill two birds with 1 stone! This is a long review, brace yourselves! A review for each section!

Here's the story if you are willing to read it: I am an incoming sophomore practicing early for the
PSAT/NMSQT. When I first started to study, I had no clue which prep
book would be the best. If you are anything like me or in my postion, you would feel overwhelmed. There were just a myriad of books to choose from: Barrons, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Sparknotes, The "Official" SAT book (aka
"Blue Book)! So I went on sites like yahoo answers and to ask. They all said to buy the blue book
first, that was the most important since it is made by the makers of
the SAT and blablabla. Then they said get another book with good tips
on how to answer those questions. Again, I was met with the same
problem: What book do I choose, there are just so many! People said that "it all has to do with you and your preference, different books work for different people." With that being said, most people said to choose either Barrons (with extra-hard questions) or Princeton Review (great tips, but lacking). So I went to Barnes and Noble and decided to buy both the Blue Book and Barrons. At first, I thought it was good, but I still felt something was lacking. There weren't great explanations, plus the questions were hard. So then I went to library and got all the books I could find: Kaplan, Princeton Review, and Up Your Score. There had similar tips, only some were different but still it felt like there were all trying to beat each other and re-phrase the tips to sound cool or whatever.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Barisi on August 10, 2006
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As someone who has tutored students for the PSAT and SAT for over 15 years, I must commend the authors of "McGraw-Hill's PSAT" for a truly excellent book. It is extremely well-written and is far more useful to my students than the alternatives by Barron's, Princeton Review and Kaplan.

In contrast to the previous reviewer, I have found the critical reading portion of this book to be exceptionally well written. The previous reviewer seems to believe that the author has a conservative bias, but this shows rather weak critical thinking skills on the part of the reviewer (his claim of an 80 critical reading notwithstanding). I have read this book thoroughly, since I must have a solid recall of the book in its entirety in order to use it effectively with my students, and I can assure any reader that there is no political bias on the part of the author. In fact, the previous reviewer would do well to read the passages on pages 13 and 23 again, and to claim, with a straight face, that they reveal a conservative bias on the part of the authors. The previous reviewer seems instead to have focused on the excerpt from an essay by James Schlesinger on page 24, which is presented as a counterbalance to the more "liberal" argument about global warming with which it is juxtaposed. The previous reviewer seems to be unable to differentiate the excerpted opinions of a national pundit with the views of the authors. In fact, I commend the authors highly for including such politically intriguing viewpoints. That is what a good book SHOULD do, not simply parrot the point of view any particular reader may favor.
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