SAT Questions - Dearborn Public Schools

SAT Questions - Dearborn Public Schools

SAT Questions Words in Context 7 Strategies and Practice Strategy 1: Consider Contextual Evidence Read the sentence first, and then again, putting a blank where the underlined word is. At the very least, look in the previous and following sentences for hints regarding the authors intended meaning.

Strategy 2: Cover Answer Choices It can be very distracting and use up more time if you consider the answer choices too early. Since the words tested will often be commonly used words with several different meanings, the answer choice will often be written in ways that can easily confuse you because you have most likely seen the indicated word used in a variety of contexts.

Strategy 3: Create a General Synonym Before looking at the choices given, replace the blank with your own general synonym. This can be broad or vague or simplified--dont worry too much about that. Instead, use this exercise to make sure you have some idea of the intended meaning before you jump into the answer choices given. This tool will be particularly useful in eliminating other or

opposite meanings within the choices, and save you time. Strategy 4: Process of Elimination Uncover the choices and eliminate those answers that sound nothing like your synonym. If there is a word you are not familiar with, leave it open for further consideration. You never want to negate an answer just because you dont know the definition of it. Likewise, if you get it down to a

choice you are familiar with but is only sort of right, and a choice that sounds appropriate but it is unknown to you, you should go with the unfamiliar word since it has the potential to be 100% correct. Strategy 5: Read the Sentence with the Remaining Choices The new format is not only going to test vocabulary, but usage as well. Especially when you cannot decide between

two answers, reading the sentence with the answer choice replacing the original word(s) can often clear it up for you. It allows you to consider the meaning, but also the hear the sentence and decide if the usage is proper. Certainly, if the author is using a verb and you replace it with a noun that has a related meaning, mouthing the sentence out silently will help you notice that mistake. Strategy 6: Pick Your Answer Based on Meaning

Students make two common mistakes on these types of word choice problems. First, without covering their answers and creating a general synonym, they jump to matching words, or those that are associated with the underlined word, but dont fit the meaning of the sentence. Second, without paying attention to their own synonym, they become distracted by words that make sense in the sentence, but change the meaning of the indicated word. It is not enough to match words with their definitions, as the words tested will often derive their meaning from the contexts in which they are used. Additionally, it is not enough to pick a

word that is logical in the sentence; it has to make sense and fit the meaning of the underlined word. Strategy 7: Read, Read, Read In the previous format, it made sense to study hundreds of obscure vocabulary words and hope that you would come upon the same rare, specialized language on the test. However, the new format is designed to test practical and widely used words that will continue to come up in college

and/or your career. So, you can help yourself dramaticallyand for the test and life more generally-when you become familiar with these words and the ways they are used. Start with newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Practice The vacation had the opposite effect on Jim. He despised the upcoming days and was depressed at the thought of his recent break-up. Although he marched into work fifteen

minutes early on Monday morning, he was feeling blue. Remember dont look at answer choices, consider context clues and replace with your own synonym. What words in the passage provide clues as to what the authors intended meaning is when he says he was feeling blue? Answer Choices A. Energetic

B. Dispirited C. Indigo D. Rejuvenated Now eliminate the answer choices you know dont fit, and narrow your choices to what best matches your synonym. Remember to use the remaining words in the sentence to test if it fits the authors intended meaning. Choose answer based on meaning. Answer

B. Dispirited To celebrate getting a new job at a law office, Mike decided to spend time with his family. They all went to the park and had a cookout. Mike had a youthful nature and loved playing with his nieces and nephews on the jungle gym. Remember dont look at answer choices, consider context clues and replace with your own synonym.

What words in the passage provide clues as to what the authors intended meaning is when the narrator describes Mike has a youthful nature. Answer Choices Environment Humor Personality Structure

Now eliminate the answer choices you know dont fit, and narrow your choices to what best matches your synonym. Remember to use the remaining words in the sentence to test if it fits the authors intended meaning. Choose answer based on meaning.

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