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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user edgewaterah
    The text states:

    Top tip: Rephrase the question using your own words

    Question like these can often be simplified into a more direct and manageable form.
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    'Question' does not agree with the 'these' and should be corrected to 'Questions'.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user jimmyr4621
    ok there is this question i found when doing a literature passage on khan academy , "the description of Mrs.allen in lines 24-28 primary serves to..." the answer choices are like
    "illustrates her unruffled personality"=a
    "highlight her scrupulousness"=b
    "show her expensive tastes"=c
    "estabish a sence of vanity"=d

    the problem is that that dont even know what unruffled,scrupulousness, and vanity even means. how am i supposes to even solve these. i need answers please!
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      If you don't know what the words in the answers mean, there isn't a lot you can do, which is why vocabulary is really important for the SAT. Nevertheless, here's how I think I would try to solve it if I didn't know what unruffled, scrupulousness, and vanity meant:
      The answer that we know is C. If you can't find a contradiction in the passage, choose C and don't waste too much time. If you know what "to ruffle" means, you might guess that unruffled means something like un-bothered. Besides guessing at the meaning of words like that, you can look at the word you do know. A) and B) both talk about some attribute of Mrs. Allen, and D) is more about the atmosphere in general. If the lines in the question spend all of their time talking about Mrs. Allen, then you might rule out D). If you don't know the meaning of a word all you can really do is basically glorified guesswork, but you can try and really analyze what you can find to maybe narrow it down a bit.
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  • starky sapling style avatar for user Arianna Kiser
    how long does it normally take to take the SAT?
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  • purple pi purple style avatar for user rezwana
    How easier is PSAT than SAT? And how many question will there be?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      The PSAT has 47 questions in 60 minutes for reading, 44 in 35 for writing, 17 in 25 for Math without calculator, and 31 in 45 for math calculator. The questions are basically the same as what you would see on the SAT, but the more difficult ones are taken out. The score is meant to be comparable to what you would have gotten on the SAT. Some of the more big-picture questions that you would get on the SAT aren't in the PSAT, and concepts that would be tested on the SAT such as trig ratios and radians and degrees and things like that don't show up on the PSAT.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Lawrence
    If I don't know how to get the main purpose of the passage after I read the passage from the SAT reading test, can I point out the main ideas expressed in the passage or predict the passage which is based on my understanding so that it is easier for me to find it's purpose before answering the choices below?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user FREDY
    ok there is this question i found when doing a literature passage on khan academy , "the description of Mrs.allen in lines 24-28 primary serves to..." the answer choices are like
    "illustrates her unruffled personality"=a
    "highlight her scrupulousness"=b
    "show her expensive tastes"=c
    "estabish a sence of vanity"=d
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  • male robot donald style avatar for user Jannah Sherif
    "We can begin understand the passage on a much deeper level." should be we can begin to*
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  • blobby green style avatar for user aamilla fullwood
    what can help u pass the sat or the act
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Victoria
    Hi! Just wanted to note something:

    When we move beyond the simple surface ideas to focus on these "so what?" questions, we can begin understand the passage on a much deeper level. And this understanding won't just help on purpose questions; it will help unlock much of the SAT Reading test (including structure questions, point of view questions, and others).

    There's a missing "to" between "begin" and "understand." I know it probably doesn't matter, but just wanted to mention it. Thank you!
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  • blobby green style avatar for user malicoatsa
    How long is the sat I would love to know?
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