The College Board has released a series of sample questions for the new SAT, set to roll out in 2016.
Among other changes, the new SAT will do away with obscure vocabulary words, and the essay requirement will become optional. Wrong answers will no longer be penalized.
Curious how the new test stacks up against your recollection of the SAT? Try out a few sample questions in our quiz:
Sample questions from the new SAT
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On Wednesday, the College Board released sample questions for the redesigned SAT, set to roll out in 2016. Try your hand at some of the questions by taking our quiz.
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Question 1 of 5
[. . .] The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering
of jobs, innovation, and productivity in a smaller number of bigger
cities and city-regions. Some regions could end up bloated beyond the
capacity of their infrastructure, while others struggle, their promise
stymied by inadequate human or other resources.
As used in the passage, “intense” most nearly means:CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 5
When a scientist dives in salt water to a depth of 9 feet below the surface,
the pressure due to the atmosphere and surrounding water is 18.7
pounds per square inch. As the scientist descends, the pressure increases
linearly. At a depth of 14 feet, the pressure is 20.9 pounds per square
inch. If the pressure increases at a constant rate as the scientist’s depth
below the surface increases, which of the following linear models best
describes the pressure p in pounds per square inch at a depth of d feet
below the surface?CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 5
An international bank issues its Traveler credit cards worldwide. When a
customer makes a purchase using a Traveler card in a currency different
from the customer’s home currency, the bank converts the purchase
price at the daily foreign exchange rate and then charges a 4% fee on the
Sara lives in the United States, but is on vacation in India. She used her
Traveler card for a purchase that cost 602 rupees (Indian currency). The
bank posted a charge of $9.88 to her account that included the 4% fee.
What foreign exchange rate, in Indian rupees per one U.S. dollar, did
the bank use for Sara’s charge? Round your answer to the nearest whole
Question 4 of 5
A typical image taken of the surface of Mars by a camera is 11.2 gigabits
in size. A tracking station on Earth can receive data from the spacecraft
at a data rate of 3 megabits per second for a maximum of 11 hours each
day. If 1 gigabit equals 1,024 megabits, what is the maximum number of
typical images that the tracking station could receive from the camera
Question 5 of 5
The work of transportation planners generally includes evaluating
current transportation needs, assessing the effectiveness of existing
facilities, and improving those facilities or they design new ones.
How should the italicized words be revised?CorrectIncorrect