Introduction to the SAT. What is the SAT?. The nation’s most widely used college entrance exam A standardized test It is PREDICTABLE!!! Used to compare a student’s aptitude without regard to ethnicity , origins, cultural background, education, etc. How should I prepare for the SAT?.
20 multiple choice questions
8 multiple choice & 10 grid-in questions
15 multiple choice questions
Sentence Completion (19 Questions)
Passage-Based reading (48 Questions)
Identifying Sentence Errors (18 Questions), Improving Sentences (25 Questions), Improving Paragraphs (6 Questions) 25 Minutes
Essay – 25 Minutes (to Read the Prompt, Plan, and Write)
one or two answer choices!
Is it better to get one really hard question correct, or 5 easy to medium questions correct?
5 Easy!!! Easy and hard questions
are scored the same!!
“Solve each problem in the section. Then decide which is the best of the choices given and mark your answer on the answer sheet.”
“Questions # - # require you to solve the problem and enter your answer by marking the circles in the special grid on your answer sheet, as shown in the examples below.”
“Each sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.”
“The passages below are followed by questions based on their content; questions following a pair of related passages may also be based on the relationship between the paired passages. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passages and in any introductory material that may be provided.”
HINT: Always read the title and introductory materials (when provided)
“The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. Each sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. No sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice E. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.”
“The following sentences test corrections and effectiveness of expression. Part of each sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath each sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.
In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence – clear and precise, without awkwardness and ambiguity.”
Read the passage and select the best answers for the questions that follow. Some questions are about particular sentences or parts of sentences and ask you to improve sentence structure or word choice. Other questions ask you to consider organization and development. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.”
2. His non-profit agency has served as a _______ in the community, bringing about many changes and developing new programs in local schools.
3. The professor’s _____ and seemingly irrelevant digressions actually illustrated how the ancient theories were ______ current research.
a. random . . . built upon
b. jarring . . . baffled by
c. focused . . . essential to
d. tangential . . . vital to
e. bizarre . . . dessicated by
4. Just as financial advisors for the company predicted, the company’s ability to expand into new markets has _______ , even though its profits are not very ______.
a. diminished . . . incremental
b. increased . . . substantial
c. deteriorated . . . abundant
d. endured . . . deficient
e. accumulated . . . inadequate
5. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which gradually exposed the ________ of the indiscriminate use of pesticides, is widely credited with having ________ the modern environmental movement.
a. dangers . . . launched
b. hazards . . . defused
c. benefits . . . inspired
d. deaths . . . contained
e. advantages . . . inaugurated
The actress _______ her parents when she
failed to _______ their parents contributions
to her career during her award
a. honored . . . recognize
b. cheated . . . accept
c. chagrined . . . acknowledge
d. avoided . . . understand
e. grieved . . .dismiss
a. The curry had a lot of spiciness, this made Toby drink
b. The curry, which was spicy, making Toby drink
c. The spiciness of the curry made Toby drink
d. Because of how spicy the curry was, this is what made Toby drink
e. Having a lot of spiciness, Toby discovered that the curry made him drink
2. Scientists have found that foods such as pomegranates and spinach contain antioxidants, which help prevent heart disease.
a. antioxidants, which help prevent heart disease
b. antioxidants; heart disease can be prevented
c. antioxidants, that is what helps prevent heart disease
d. antioxidants, they help prevent heart disease
e. antioxidants, and they help prevent heart disease
3. A true friend is someone to whom you can turn when one’s day has been a disaster and they need someone to listen.
a. you can turn when one’s day has been a disaster and they need someone to listen
b. a person can turn to when their day has been a disaster and they need someone to listen
c. they can turn, they need someone to listen
d. one can turn when one’s day has been a disaster and you need someone to listen to them
e. you can turn when your day has been a disaster and you need someone to listen to you
It was a Hungarian interior designer who
initially succeeded with introducing
the now iconic Rubik’s cube to toy stores
world wide. No error.
A decade in the making, the documentary
on penguins is both a response to widespread
misinformation with their mating habits and
an investigation into their behaviors. No error
At the concert, Lucy enjoyed listening to her
friend Noah’s experimental music,
which she thought was more original than
the other bands. No error
No matter how many times a person has driven in
inclement weather, they should be especially
careful when driving down a road that is covered
with wet snow. No error
The brand-new, indoor basketball court was
extremely different than the cement
lot at the municipal park where the team
usually played. No error
By 2076, the United States will have been a
nation for three hundred years, while,
by the same year, China has been a nation
for almost four thousand years. No error