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SAT Word of the Day-PLACID

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Sep 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Placid

(adj.) calm

(pronounced “PLAS-id”)
 

  

placid calm lake

Example Sentence:

When the wind died down, the lake became placid, with hardly a ripple disturbing the surface.

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SAT Word of the Day-SALACIOUS

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Sep 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Salacious

(adj.) lustful, indecent, or obscene

(pronounced "suh-LAY-shus")  

  

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Example Sentences:

  • The movie's salacious undertones made Jenn uncomfortable.
  • Mary's restrictive diet made her so hungry she cast salacious looks at the dessert tray.

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SAT Word of the Day- Arid

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Arid 

(adj.) dry; lacking rainfall


(pronounced “AR-id”)
 
No Rain

Example Sentence:

My grandmother claims that Arizona’s arid climate helps her arthritis, while Alabama’s humidity makes her hands swell.

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How to Tell If You Are Ready to Take the SAT

Posted by Vicki Wood on Aug 28, 2014 2:40:22 PM

You’ve answered the SAT Question Preparedof the Day every day for four months. You’ve bought the SAT prep books and worked through all of the questions in The Official SAT Study Guide. You’ve even signed up for the October SAT.

But how do you know if you’re really ready to take the test?

PRACTICE TESTS

The SAT is a standardized test, so your score on one official version should be very similar to your score on another. The best way to determine if you are ready for an official administration is to compute your scores on a timed practice test. Do these scores meet your goals? Are they similar to or higher than the scores required by your prospective colleges? If so, you are ready for the real SAT. Most students can expect their official scores to be slightly lower than their practice scores, given the pressure and unfamiliar testing conditions that exist with the real deal. But the difference is not usually large enough to warrant much concern.

If you scores are not in your target range, you likely need more study. The official SAT is no time for a practice test! Too many students take the test “just to see how I do,” and these scores are stuck with them forever. Most schools request that all scores be sent with the application, so even though the College Board offers Score Choice, you may not have a chance to use it. Only take a real SAT when you feel you are completely prepared. A practice test should be taken at home on the kitchen table or in a proctored SAT class, not at an official test administration!

If you’ve taken all of the practice tests in the Official SAT Study Guide, you can find three free ones online:

OFFICIAL SAT PRACTICE TEST 2013-14
Scoring Instructions

OFFICIAL SAT PRACTICE TEST 2012-13

Scoring Instructions

OFFICIAL SAT PRACTICE TEST 2007-08

CONFIDENCE

Before taking the SAT, assess your confidence level. How do you feel about your preparation? Are you terrified or simply anxious? A student who is well-prepared may have butterflies, but they feel like they are ready to tackle the test. They are confident that they know what the test entails and what kinds of questions they will be asked, because they have studied and learned the secrets of the SAT.

To increase your confidence, you must familiarize yourself with the test, but the best way to study is different for each student. Some self-directed learners do well just using The Official SAT Study Guide and taking practice tests on their own. Others need an additional, more detailed book that breaks down the test patterns for them which helps them as they work through the practice tests in the blue book. Still others need a more structured environment in a classroom, where test experts guide them through the patterns and the tests in the blue book. Only you can determine which method is best for you.

So if your practice test scores are in or near your target range, and if you feel confident in your knowledge of the test, hesitate no more. It’s time to take the SAT.

 

Photo: "Be Prepared," courtesty of Calsidyrose

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SAT Word of the Day- Cerebral

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Cerebral 

(adj.) involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

(pronounced “suh-REE-bruhl”)

accountant

Example Sentence:

Although Sarah was so angry that she wanted to quit the club, she decided to take a cerebral approach and weigh the costs before making a decision.

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SAT Word of the Day- Archaic

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 27, 2014 4:00:00 PM


Archaic 

(adj.) so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

(pronounced “ahr-KAY-ik”)
 
No Rain

Example Sentence:

The college cannot have sorority or fraternity houses because of an archaic town law that does not allow unmarried people to live together.

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SAT Word of the Day- Fallacy

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Fallacy

(n.) a deceptive, misleading, or false notion or belief

(pronounced "FAHL-uh-see")  

  

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Example Sentences:

  • Mythbusters is a popular television show that delights in debunking popular urban fallacies.
  • Rick was completely unable to lie to his parents; they were always able to see through his intricate fallacies.

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SAT Word of the Day- Abate

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 25, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Abate

(v.) to reduce or diminish

(pronounced "uh-BAIT")

  

reduce

Example Sentences:

  • I took some aspirin, hoping it would abate my headache.
  • The earplugs only slightly abated the roaring sound of the airplane propellers.

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SAT Word of the Day- Imperceptible

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Imperceptible
(adj.) very slight, gradual, or subtle


(pronounced “im-per-SEP-tuh-buhl”)
 

  

Monopoly money

Example Sentence:

The differences between the real money and the counterfeit money are imperceptible, so it was no surprise that the cashier did not notice the fake bill.

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SAT Word of the Day-Paradox

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Paradox

(n.) a statement that contradicts itself but nevertheless may still be true

(pronounced “PAR-uh-doks”)
 

  

lies

Example Sentence:

Parker said, “I always lie,” but this is a paradox; if the statement is true, then he must be lying.

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