Compared to the old SAT, the new SAT is
3) equally mind-numbing, or
4) all of the above
Prepping for the big exam? We rounded up some unconventional advice from the guest editors of “Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to Outsmarting “The Test.” These current undergrads ran circles around the old SAT. Here's how they prepared, relaxed, and reacted to their scores.
Ada Throckmorton, Stanford University:"When I first opened my score and saw the 2400, I remember being annoyed and telling my mom that I knew the test was out of 2400, but couldn’t find my actual score. It took another couple of minutes staring at the computer screen to realize I had actually received a perfect score, and a lot longer to believe it."
Zachary Mandell, Cornell University: “Next time you read an article a friend posts on Facebook, read it like you would an SAT passage. ... Think about why your friend might have chosen to post the article. Think about why the author makes the argument that she does, how she does so and whether or not her techniques are successful."
Joshua Mandell, Yale University: “The day before my SAT, I ran up and down a big hill next to my house for an hour straight. While the neighbors might have worried for my sanity, it was actually a good way to replace my nervous adrenaline with calming endorphins.”
III. SAMPLE SAT QUESTIONS: Are you smarter than a high school junor?
Think you can ace the new SAT? Read this excerpt from a sample passage and answer the following questions.
Sample Passage: Perfect Planning?
When we think of dinner parties, we think of friendship, home-cooked food, and relaxation. What we don’t think about, massive planning, (1) expense, timing, stress. Unfortunately, you cannot have the former without the latter. (2) Though there have always been private-party planners, the field did not come into it’s own (3) until the 21st century. Planners Incorporated was founded in New York City in 2004, Dinner’s Ready in Chicago in 2009, and the creation in Dallas of Cook 4 You in 2012. (4) Now, in 2015, the industry altogether employs more than 30,000 professionals, sending chefs, servers, and cleaners into American homes every night of the year.
A) NO CHANGE
B) about: massive planning
C) about; massive planning
D) about. Massive planning
2. Which of the following sentences, if added, would provide the best transition to the second paragraph?
A) You need to buy a paper calendar or calendar app in order to schedule all the tasks necessary to plan a successful party.
B) The history of party planning is more interesting than you would think.
C) Perhaps this is the reason why private- party planning has become a rich, new field of employment.
D) It is enough to turn someone off hosting forever.
3. Which of the following would best replace the underlined portion?
A) NO CHANGE
B) its own
C) their own
D) they’re own
4.) Which of the following would best replace the underlined portion?
A) NO CHANGE
B) and the Dallas creation of Cook 4 You in 2012.
C) and the 2012 creation of Dallas’s Cook 4 You.
D) and Cook 4 You in Dallas in 2012.
Answers: 1) B. 2) C. 3) B. 4) D.