Official SAT Practice Test 2012-13
Taking the Practice Test
The practice test will help you most if you take it under conditions as close as possible to those of the actual test. • Set aside 3 hours and 20 minutes of uninterrupted time That way you can complete the entire test in one sitting. Note: The total testing time is 3 hours and 45 minutes, but you save 25 minutes because the unscored section* from this practice test was omitted. Sit at a desk or table cleared of any other papers or books You won’t be able to take a dictionary, books, notes, or scratch paper into the test room. Allow yourself the specified amount of time for each section Pace yourself by using a watch (without an audible alarm), which is what you are allowed to use on test day. Have a calculator at hand when you take the math sections This will help you determine how much to use a calculator the day of the test. Use a calculator with which you are familiar—preferably the same calculator you will use on test day. Read the test instructions carefully They are reprinted from the back cover of the test book. On test day, you will be asked to read them before you begin answering questions. Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil It is very important that you fill in the entire circle on the answer sheet darkly and completely. If you change your response, erase it as completely as possible. It is very important that you follow these instructions when filling out your answer sheet. Record your answers on paper, then score your test Use the answer sheet when completing a practice test on paper to simulate the real testing environment. After completing the practice test, you can score the test yourself with “Scoring Your Test,” or you can return to collegeboard.com to enter your answers online and receive a score report and answer explanations.
Time — 25 minutes
Turn to page 2 of your answer sheet to write your ESSAY.
The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can develop and express ideas. You should, therefore, take care to develop your point of view, present your ideas logically and clearly, and use language precisely. Your essay must be written on the lines provided on your answer sheet— you will receive no other paper on which to write. You will have enough space if you write on every line, avoid wide margins, and keep your handwriting to a reasonable size. Remember that people who are not familiar with your handwriting will read what you write. Try to write or print so that what you are writing is legible to those readers. Important Reminders: • A pencil is required for the essay. An essay written in ink will receive a score of zero. • Do not write your essay in your test book. You will receive credit only for what you write on your answer sheet. • An off-topic essay will receive a score of zero. • If your essay does not reflect your original and individual work, your scores for the entire test may be canceled. • An electronic copy of your essay will be made available to each of your designated score recipients: colleges, universities, and scholarship programs. You have twenty-five minutes to write an essay on the topic assigned below.
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Nowadays nothing is private: our culture has become too confessional and self-expressive. People think that to hide one’s thoughts or feelings is to pretend not to have those thoughts or feelings. They assume that honesty requires one to express every inclination and impulse. Adapted from J. David Velleman, “The Genesis of Shame” Assignment: Should people make more of an effort to keep some things private? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue....
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