Acing the SAT Common Exam

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ACING THE SAT 2006
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N E W Y O R K ACING THE SAT 2006 ®
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Copyright © 2006 LearningExpress All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by LearningExpress, LLC, New York. Acing the SAT 2006. p. cm. ISBN 1-57685-531-7 1. SAT (Educational test)—Study guides. 2. Universities and colleges—United States— Entrance examinations—Study guides. LB2353.57.A353 2005 378.1'662—dc22 2005055155 Printed in the United States of America 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ISBN 1-57685-531-7 For more information or to place an order, contact LearningExpress at: 55 Broadway 8th Floor New York, NY 10006 Or visit us at: www.learnatest.com
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CHAPTER 1 Introduction to the SAT 1 CHAPTER 2 SAT Study Skills and Strategies 13 CHAPTER 3 The SAT Critical Reading Section 23 CHAPTER 4 The SAT Math Section 99 CHAPTER 5 The SAT Writing Section 181 Appendix A Math Glossary 255 Appendix B Additional Resources 257 Contents v
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ACING THE SAT 2006
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The 5 W’s Who, what, where, when, why? If you are taking the SAT this year, these are the most important questions you need answered. This book will provide you with the answers to these questions. There’s one more big question, how- ever, and that is how , as in “How do I ace the SAT?” In Chapter 3 of this book, you will review the skills you need to ace the Critical Reading section of the SAT. Chapter 4 covers essential math skills, and Chapter 5 will give you all the information you need to know about the Writing section. Every chapter in this book, however, will be use- ful in your quest to maximize your SAT scores, so read them all carefully. Who Takes the SAT? Most college-bound high school students take the SAT, approximately two million every year. If misery loves com- pany, you must be feeling pretty good right now! Hang in there, though. By the time you finish this book, your misery will be history. It will be replaced with the confidence that you are going to shine on the SAT. C H A P T E R Introduction to the SAT 1 1
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Who Makes the SAT? The College Board is an association of colleges and schools that makes the exam. It retains the Educational Testing Service (ETS ® ) to develop and administer the SAT. You may already be familiar with ETS; they also write and administer the Advanced Placement (AP ® ) tests as well as the PSAT/NMSQT ® you may have taken as a junior and/or sophomore. The ETS has a distinc- tive style of writing five-choice (or multiple-choice) and grid-in questions, which makes it easy to describe and analyze the kinds of questions you are likely to see on the SAT. However, the essay portion of the Writing section will require a different type of preparation than the other kinds of questions. This book will prepare you for all types of SAT questions. What Is the SAT? The SAT is one of the main standardized tests colleges use to evaluate reading, writing, and mathematical skills in prospective students. Another test, the Amer- ican College Testing (ACT) Program Assessment, is designed primarily to measure what you’ve learned in various academic subjects, while the SAT aims prima-
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