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# SAT Prep

Question | Answer |
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if there's more than one answer that means the same thing... | they're both wrong |

;however... or ,however... | ;however |

separates 2 complete thoughts | period (.) |

combines complete thought with incomplete thought | comma (,) |

combines a complete thought, clarification or definition, emphasis, list | semicolon (;) |

similar use as a comma and semicolon | dash (-) |

follows a complete thought, clarification, or definition, emphasis, list | colon (:) |

no penalty for... | wrong answers; always guess |

introducing evidence | for example. for instance |

additives | furthermore, moreover, in addition to, also |

comparisons | similarly, likewise |

contrast | cannot combine 2 sentences; however, nevertheless |

but, yet | coordinating conjunctions, can combine 2 thoughts with a comma |

cause-effect | therefore, consequently, because, thus, so, due to, if/then |

explanation | in other words, put simply |

sequence | first, next, last, etc |

surprise/ emphasis | in fact, indeed, surprisingly, unexpectedly |

SAT usually uses what tone? | academic conversational |

academic conversational tone is | not usually a big word but not informal |

shortest answer is | usually right |

singular possesive | 's |

plural | s' |

parallel structure | consistency and phrasing, list |

pronoun questions | trace back to the word it refers to |

"greater than that of..." is an example of a | comparison question |

P.O.E. | process of elimination (AKA use the answers) |

substitute your own | pick your own answers |

P.I.T.A. | plug in the answers |

D.A.D | draw a diagram/ re-draw/label |

make an organized list for | probability and statistics, problems that list numbers within question |

use a calculator for | graphing or making a table of values for a function |

in narratives, look for | character, conflict, setting, opinion |

in nonfiction, determine: | informational or argumentative |

argument concession is | admitting limitations |

for bar graphs, determine: | portion or percent |

skeptical means | not sure, doubt it, questionable |

portent | 1. a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen. 2. an exceptional or wonderful person or thing. |

potent | having great power, influence, or effect. |

parallel structure | consistency and phrasing (for lists in particular) -have to use all or 1 article (a/an, it) |

than, as | comparison |

nonfiction reading: | skim thru middle; beginning and end are the most important |

only difference between bar graph and histogram is | spacing |

median | number in the middle of the list |

mean | average; sum of numbers/number of numbers |

for percent questions (particularly involving circle graphs), use what equation? | part/ whole part divided by whole |

the steeper the line, | the bigger the slope |

probability is | what you have/ what you want what you have divided by what you want |

when given 3 different graphed functions, | look for where all 3 intersect |

when an equation involves decimals, | multiply them all by 10 so they're not decimals but remember to convert back |

in questions with functions and/or graphs, | find zeroes |

mode | happens the most (most frequent number) |

to determine correct transition, | take out transition word and determine if it's adding on, contrasting, exemplifying, etc |

range | highest number minus the lowest |

percents equation | %/100 times the number; e.g. what's 15% of 120? 15/100=0.15, 0.15 times 120 is 18 |

y= (ax-b)(cx-d) | factored form |

f(x)= (x-h)^2+k | vertex form |

(h,k) | vertex coordinates |

x^0 always equals | 1 |

(xy)^a = x^a y^a | power of a product |

(x^a)^b = x^ab | power of a power |

(x^m)^n equals | x^mn |

x^m times x^n equals | x^x^m+n |