SAT

Sample Questions

 

Critical Reading

 

Line

 

 

5

 

 

10

 

 

15

 

 

20

 

 

Over the last two decades, the costs of manufacturing clothes have decreased. At the same time, the advent of the Internet has accerlerated the the life cycles of trends. These two factors have given rise to the concept of “fast fashion.” Generally manufactured from cheap materials, “fast fashion” produces trendy clothes at lightning speed: no sooner have the looks of top designers left the runway than factories begin churning out those looks with cheaper materials, delivering them to store shelves with unprecedented rapidity. The ubiquity of fast fashion has spawned greater conversations about consumerism and its effect on our psychologies. Not only does fast fashion encourage us to buy cheaper clothes more often, making the long-term effects hard on our wallets, but in our attempts to secure short-term gratification, our feelings of satisfaction become more elusive.

 

 

1. As used in line 20, “elusive” most nearly means

 

A. transient

B. unattainable

C. evasive

D. difficult

 

2. The passage indicates that the effects of the “fast fashion” (lines 5-6) are

 

A. unreasonable

B. incorrect

C. pervasive

D. unparalleled

 

 

3. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous questions?

 

A. Lines 6-8 (“Generally…speed”)

B. Lines 11-12 (“delivering…rapidity”)

C. Lines 13-15 (“The…psychologies”)

D. Lines 19-20 (“Our…elusive”)

 

4. The graph following the passage offers evidence that

 

A. changes in clothes prices have not kept pace with retail prices

B. clothes prices and retail prices have an inverse relationship

C. increases in clothes prices have no effect on retail prices

D. clothes prices have fluctuated considerably

 

Answers: 1.B, 2.D, 3.B, 4.A

 

Please note that this sample is not meant to represent every question type that you will encounter on the exam. It is meant to give you a general idea of what the Critical Reading questions are like. For more detailed information or for more practice tests, contact us today!

 

Writing

 

The 20th century produced the greatest technological advances that the world had ever seen. Today, civilization is [1] adjusted to television, space travel, and inventions that make every part of our lives easier. However, the Internet is still in its infancy, and [2] the tech industry is earning large profits. As the reach of the Internet extends into our homes, offices, cars, hobbies, and vacations, connecting our work and our play, we may think that we’ve seen it all. But if the 20th century provides any model, the world at the end of the 21st century will be unimaginable to us today. Recently, tech developers have begun working on [3] virtual reality, an exciting technology that will have the abilty to transform the appearance of our surroundings. While this could be used soley for entertainment, developers are hoping that the new technology will have practical benefits. For example, a surgeon [4] will practice a surgery through virtual reality, before operating on a live person. This is only one of the exciting new developments that we willl witness in the future.

 

1.

 

A. NO CHANGE

B. attuned

C. accustomed

D. inured

 

2. Which choice provides the most relevant detail?

 

A. NO CHANGE

B. it is obvious that the age of the Internet is just beginning.

C. coders and developers are still pushing the limits of this new technology.

D. people are still learning how to use it.

 

3.

 

A. NO CHANGE

 

B. virtual reality; an exciting

 

C. virtual reality, an exciting,

 

D. virtual reality: an exciting,

 

4.

 

A. NO CHANGE

 

B. could practice

 

C. could have practiced

 

D. has been practicing

 

Answers: 1.C, 2.C, 3.A, 4.B

 

Please note that this sample is not meant to represent every question type that you will encounter on the exam. It is meant to give you a general idea of what the writing questions are like. For more detailed information or for more practice tests, contact us today!

 

Math

 

1. Tom's home is located 1.4 miles from his school. When he walks home from school, it takes him 24 minutes. Assuming he walks at a constant rate, which of the following functions best models his distance from home, d, in miles if he walked a total of t minutes on his trip home?

 

 

A. D= 1.4 – (7/120)t

B. D= 1.4 – 24t

 

C. D= 1.4 – (120/7)t

 

D. D= 1.4 +(7/120)t

 

 

2. The new hamburger place on Stanton Avenue sells its special hamburger at a price of $6.20, and it sells approximately 1800 special burgers each month. A survey they conducted among the customers showed that for each $0.20 increase on the price of the hamburger, it is expected that they will sell 40 fewer burgers each month. What should the hamburger place charge its customers for the special hamburger to maximize the income they would make from the burgers?

 

 

A. $5.60

 

B. $6.60

 

C. $7.60

 

D. $8.60

 

 

3. In the xy coordinate plane, line m with slope 3 passes through (1,10). Line n contains the points (1,5) and (-1,1). If these lines intersect at (a,b), what is the product of a and b?

 

 

A. 44

 

B. -44

 

C. 20

 

D. -20

 

 

4. The price of a car depreciates at an annual rate of 12% If the car’s initial price is $23.000, which of the following would represent the price of the car after t years?

 

 

A. 23000 (0.88)t

 

B. 23000 (0.12)t

 

C. 0.12 (23000)t

 

D. 0.88 (23000)t

 

 

Answers: 1.A, 2.C, 3.C, 4.A

 

Please note that this sample is not meant to represent every question type that you will encounter on the exam. It is meant to give you a general idea of what the math questions are like. For more detailed information or for more practice tests, contact us today!

 


Test Prep Strategies


 

Critical Reading

 

  • The SAT does not penalize for wrong answers! Any time you are unsure of an answer, guess and move on!

  • Spend more time on the passages that you find interesting or easier. However, don’t spend too much time on any one question.

  • Don’t be afraid of selecting an answer that contains a word you do not know. Many students avoid picking answers that contain vocabulary words they are unfamiliar with, but this strategy is not always helpful.

  • Always ask yourself what the author’s main idea or argument is. Then make sure each answer contributes to that idea. Don’t get caught up in the details of a sentence and forget the bigger idea.

  • Always ask yourself while reading a passage: what is the author’s attitude/opinion? This is expressed through the author’s vocabulary and word choice.

  • When answering reading passage questions, always look back at the passage before selecting an answer! Do not try to read the passage and then select answers without referring back to the passage.

 

Math

 

  • The SAT measures your critical thinking skills, rather than your knowledge of mathematics. If you have a general understanding of each topic, and if you are able to understand mathematics in English, all you have to do is improve your testing skills.

  • While you are doing practice tests, time yourself! This will improve your time management skills.

  • Redo the questions that you missed on practice tests. The best way to learn is to learn from your mistakes!

  • Keep in mind that questions are arranged from easiest to hardest on the exam, so if you have trouble with the last few questions, guess and move on

  • Know your calculator! Acceptable calculators include Texas Instruments and Casio graphing calculators.

  • On the Math section that allows you to use a calculator, you do not need to use one for every question; use a calculator for problems involving decimals or square roots, and for converting a fraction to a decimal or a decimal to a fraction

  • Do not forget that on the SAT, your calculator should be in degree mode. No questions require your calculator to be in radian mode.

 

Writing

 

  • Get familiar with the grammar rules that the writers of the test ask about! These include verb tenses, pronouns, parallelism, prepositions, and double negatives, to name a few.

  • You should always read the sentences around the sentence that you’re being tested on. The context could give you great clues about what the answer is.

  • Always guess! If you don’t know the answer, guess and move on to the next question

 

Essay

 

  • The SAT essay will not ask your opinion on the topic. Your only task is to analyze and evaluate the given text’s argument.

  • Don’t summarize the text; you should incorporate relevant details and quotes from the text, but do not simply repeat the information given in the text.

  • Be sure to not only list the features of the text that are persuasive but also explain why the feature is persuasive.

  • The essay is graded as a whole. This means that grammar, vocabulary, organization of ideas, effectiveness of expression, persuasiveness of the examples, and general writing ability are all considered when grading the essay. It also means that an essay with a few grammar mistakes could receive a perfect score if all other aspects of the essay are superb.