The following sample SAT questions are among those reprinted for study purposes by ETS. How many can you answer correctly in approximately 11 minutes? English
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.
1. AIR: (a) conceal, (b) conform, (c) detain, (d) mislead (e) satisfy.
2. GARNER: (a) disfigure, (b) hedge, (c) connect, (d) forget, (e) disperse.
Analogies. Select the lettered pair of words or phrases that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.
3. PHILISTINE: CULTIVATED:: (a) regionalist: authoritarian (b) anarchist: disorderly (c) capitalist: greedy (d) visionary: practical (e) eccentric: artistic.
4. FEINT: ILLUSION:: (a) insanity: hallucination (b) decoy: enticement (c) ambush: cache (d) impasse: exit (e) ploy: vengeance.
Sentence completion: Choose the missing word or set of words that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
5. The dinner was a culinary ---, confirming to all its partakers the reputed --- of the host.
(a) orgy . . . extravagance (b) escapade . . . conventionality (c) tragicomedy . . . expertise (d) classic . . . ineptitude (e) nightmare . . . infallibility.
6. A curious self-interest, and not the concern for others which might have been expected, motivated his . . .
(a) ambition (b) malevolence (c) apathy (d) eccentricity (e) philanthropy.; Math
1. Jim is now twice as old as Polly. In two years, Jim will be n years old. In terms of n, how will old will Polly be then?
(a) n/2 (b) n/2 + 1 (c) n/2 + 2 (d) n + 2 (e) 2n
2. The price of a shirt, after it was reduced 20 percent, was P dollars. What was the price of the shirt before reduction?
(a) $1.80P (b) $1.25P (c) $1.20P (d) $0.80P (e) $0.75P.
3. A triangle with sides of lengths 4, 8 and 9 has the same perimeter as an equilateral triangle with side of length
(a) 5 1/2 (b) 6 (c) 6 1/2 (d)7 (e) 7 1/2
4. In a certain period, an agency's editor read 4 out of every 20 scripts submitted. What was the ratio of unread scripts to scripts read during that time?
(a) 3:4 (b) 4:5 (c) 5:4 (d) 4:1 (e) 5:1
5. List I: 1,3,5,7; List II: 2,4,6,8. For how many different ordered pairs, (x,y), where x is a number from list I and y is a number from list II, is x + y > 11?
(a) 9 (b) 7 (c) 6 (d) 4 (e) 3
6. Ten people meet and everybody shakes hands exactly once with everybody else. What is the total number of handshakes?
(a) 9 (b) 10 (c) 45 (d) 50 (e) 90.; Answers
Included with the answers is the percentage of students who correctly answered that particular question.
English: 1. (a) 67%. 2. (e) 26%. 3. (d) 16%. 4. (b) 18%. 5. (a) 39%. 6. (e) 17%.
Math: 1. (b) 13%. 2. (b) 8%. 3. (d) 80%. 4. (d) 70%. 5. (e) 66%. 6. (c) 29%.