1 Correct Answers and Difficulty Levels for the Official SAT Practice Test Critical Reading Section 4 Section 7 Section 8 COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. 1. E A 3 1. D C 3 1. B C 3 2. C B 4 2. D E 3 2. D B 3 3. A B 3 3. A C 3 3. E B 3 4. E D 1 4. C C 3 4. D A 2 5. D C 3 5. B D 2 5. E E 3 6. E E 5 6. E D 2 6. D D 2 7. B A 3 7. B E 4 7. A C 4 8. A B 4 8. C E 5 8. C C 3 9. C A 4 9. A A 4 9. D E C B B D D A D B B E B A E 3 Number correct Number correct Number correct Number incorrect Number incorrect Number incorrect Section 2 Section 6 Section 9 COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. Multiple-Choice Student-Produced COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. Questions Response Questions ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. 1. D E 3 COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. 1. A 1 9. C 3 2. B E 2 ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. 2. B A 3 3. D E 3 1. A D D 3 4. C A 4 2. C C E 4 5. B A 4 3. B <x< C B 4 6. A B 4 4. B A C 4 7. A B 5 5. A D C 5 8. C D 4 6. E E E 5 9. C C 5 7. E /2 or D D 5 8. A /9,.555 or Number correct Number correct Number correct Number correct (9-18) Number incorrect Number incorrect Number incorrect Section 5 Section 10 COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. COR. DIFF. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. ANS. LEV. 1. D E E C 5 1. C 1 6. B A 3 2. C C A B 5 2. C 1 7. E C 4 3. A B C B 3 3. A 1 8. D E 5 4. E E B E 3 4. C 2 9. A E 5 5. C C B D 3 5. B D 3 6. B C A A 3 7. E E C C 4 8. C C B E 3 9. A B B 4 Number correct Number correct Number incorrect Number incorrect NOTE: Difficulty levels are estimates of question difficulty for a reference group of college-bound seniors. Difficulty levels range from 1 (easiest) to 5 (hardest).
2 Scoring the Essay Essays are scored in a manner that is fair and consistent, using a holistic approach. In holistic scoring, a piece of writing is considered as a total work, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts. Essays are scored by experienced high school teachers and college faculty members. The majority of essay readers teach English, composition, or language arts courses. Each essay is scored indepen dently by two readers on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the highest score. The combined score for both readers will range from 2 to 12. If the two readers scores are more than one point apart, a third reader resolves the discrepancy. In scoring the essays, readers follow the scoring guide below. The scoring guide describes the features typically found in essays at each score point, including critical thinking, development, organization, language use, and sentence. A student can get a top score on the essay even with minor errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics. The SAT essay neither rewards nor penalizes formulaic approaches to writing, such as the five-paragraph essay. There is no formula for effective writing, no single best way to communicate an idea. Any essay that features clear lines of reasoning, appropriate choices of evidence, ample development of ideas, effective organization, and precise use of language will receive a high score, regardless of style or approach. Readers are trained to recognize and reward a wide variety of essays at each score point. SAT ESSAY Scoring Guide SCORE OF 6 SCORE OF 5 SCORE OF 4 An essay in this category demonstrates clear and consistent mastery, although it may have a few minor errors. A typical essay effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using clearly appropriate examples, reasons, and other is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate, and apt vocabulary demonstrates meaningful variety in sentence is free of most errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics An essay in this category demonstrates reasonably consistent mastery, although it will have occasional errors or lapses in quality. A typical essay effectively develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates strong critical thinking, generally using appropriate examples, reasons, and other is well organized and focused, demonstrating coherence and exhibits facility in the use of language, using appropriate vocabulary demonstrates variety in sentence is generally free of most errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics An essay in this category demonstrates adequate mastery, although it will have lapses in quality. A typical essay develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates competent critical thinking, using adequate examples, reasons, and other is generally organized and focused, demonstrating some coherence and SCORE OF 3 SCORE OF 2 SCORE OF 1 An essay in this category demonstrates developing mastery, and is marked by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses: develops a point of view on the issue, demonstrating some critical thinking, but may do so inconsistently or use inadequate examples, reasons, or other evidence to support its position is limited in its organization or focus, or may demonstrate some lapses in coherence or displays developing facility in the use of language, but sometimes uses weak vocabulary or inappropriate word choice lacks variety or demonstrates problems in sentence contains an accumulation of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics An essay in this category demonstrates little mastery, and is flawed by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses: develops a point of view on the issue that is vague or seriously limited, and demonstrates weak critical thinking, providing inappropriate or insufficient examples, reasons, or other is poorly organized and/or focused, or demonstrates serious problems with coherence or displays very little facility in the use of language, using very limited vocabulary or incorrect word choice demonstrates frequent problems in sentence contains errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics so serious that meaning is somewhat obscured Essays not written on the essay assignment will receive a score of zero. exhibits adequate but inconsistent facility in the use of language, using generally appropriate vocabulary demonstrates some variety in sentence has some errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics An essay in this category demonstrates very little or no mastery, and is severely flawed by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses: develops no viable point of view on the issue, or provides little or no evidence to support its position is disorganized or unfocused, resulting in a disjointed or incoherent essay displays fundamental errors in vocabulary demonstrates severe flaws in sentence contains pervasive errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that persistently interfere with meaning
3 Scoring the Official SAT Practice Test To have your score calculated automatically, go to collegeboard.org/satpracticetest. You ll receive: A detailed score report Answer explanations To calculate your score on paper, check your responses with the correct answers on page 80. Fill in the blanks below and do the calculations to get your mathematics, critical reading, and writing raw scores. Use the tables on pages to find your scaled scores. Get Your Critical Reading How many critical reading questions did you get right? Section 4: Questions 1 24 Section 7: Questions Section 8: Questions (A) How many critical reading questions did you get wrong? Section 4: Questions 1 24 Section 7: Questions Section 8: Questions Critical Reading Raw Round the critical reading raw score to the nearest whole number. Use the table on page 83 to find your critical reading scaled score. Get Your ematics How many mathematics questions did you get right? Section 2: Questions 1 20 Section 6: Questions Section 9: Questions (A) How many multiple-choice mathematics questions did you get wrong? Section 2: Questions 1 20 Section 6: Questions Section 9: Questions ematics Raw Round the mathematics raw score to the nearest whole number. Use the table on page 83 to find your mathematics scaled score. Get Your How many multiple-choice writing questions did you get right? Section 5: Questions 1 35 Section 10: Questions (A) How many multiple-choice writing questions did you get wrong? Section 5: Questions 1 35 Section 10: Questions Multiple-Choice Raw Round the writing multiple-choice raw score to the nearest whole number. (C) Use the table on page 83 to find your writing multiple-choice scaled score. Estimate your essay score using the Essay Scoring Guide on page = (D) Use the table on page 84, your multiple-choice raw score (C), and your essay score (D) to find your writing composite scaled score.
4 Raw Critical Reading SAT Conversion Table Multiple-Choice * Raw Critical Reading Multiple-Choice * and below This table is for use only with the test in this booklet. *The writing multiple-choice score is reported on a scale. Use the table on the following page for the writing composite scaled score.
5 SAT Composite Conversion Table Essay Raw MC Raw and below This table is for use only with the test in this booklet.
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