When we sat down to plan out the last edition of this book, Amy Gray, our acquisitions editor, asked me about including a pre-test. I opposed including one because, frankly, I thought (and still do think, largely) pre-tests stink. I’ve always found them to be misleading at best and outright damaging at times to real preparation. If folks take the pre-test and do well, they believe they’re way ahead in their studies; if they do poorly, then they tend to focus too much time on where the pre-test told them to study. Instead of sticking to a well-rounded study plan, they gain a false sense of confidence granted by a couple of questions.
All that said, Amy convinced me otherwise. She has a way of doing that. After ...