The SAT Study Guide Everyone Should Use from Now On

By Danny Rubin

Pencils down. The (0ld) SAT is over.

In early March, the College Board announced plans for a major overhaul to the entrance exam. The first big change? The top score will revert from 2,400 back to 1,600 (I could never wrap my head around someone scoring a 2340, anyway).

Secondly, exam questions will now, according to CBS, “be more grounded in the real world and relate directly to the kind of [topics] students will do in college and in their careers.”

Ah, how interesting. Now the test will prep high schoolers for real life rather than require them to define “abrogate” and “punctilious.”

Well, a brand-new SAT deserves a thoroughly renovated study guide. Step aside, Kaplan. You won’t be needed here anymore.

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Welcome to the all-new SAT! The College Board wants the revised version of the exam to more closely align with the rigors of the “real world.” Below are sample questions you might face on the exam — and in your everyday life.

The higher your score = the further you’ll go in your career.

Verbal Section








The correct answer is D. Sometimes you end up with a difficult boss. That’s how it goes.

Learn all you can despite the situation because, among other things, the “real world” doesn’t care whether you and the CEO get along.

Sentence Completion

Every job has its fair share of _______. The key is to view all of them as ______.

(A) challenges – an excuse

(B) challenges – motivation

(C) annoyances – a burden

(D) interns – forced labor

(E) deadlines – optional

The correct answer is B.

A challenge is simply an opportunity in disguise [tweet this].

And if you need an intern to lend a hand with the challenge — err, opportunity — that’s OK too.

Critical Reading

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

Can you think of a personal example in which you turned a complex problem into a simple solution? Plan your response, and then write an essay to explain the answer. Be sure to support your position with specific points and examples.

Possible answer

Complex problem:

How to land a job despite all the competition in the marketplace.

Simple solution:

move education to the bottom of your resume

- write a cover letter that tells a memorable story

- make sure your application is uncluttered and enjoyable to read

Math Section

Try your hand at these career-oriented math questions.

1. You make $35,000/year and are due for an annual review. You want a 10 percent raise but expect you’ll only receive five percent. You decide to ask (the proper way) for 10 percent and hope the boss will compromise on seven percent.

How much money would a seven percent raise be worth?

The correct answer is $2,450.

2. If, on your morning commute, the subway travels at five feet per second, how many feet does it travel in an hour?

(A) 30

(B) 100

(C) 470

(D) 1800

(E) 18000

The correct answer is E. 18000 feet.

If an object travels at 5 feet per second, it covers 5×60 feet in one minute, and 5x60x60 feet in one hour. Answer = 18000 (E)

Also, the subway got held up due to track maintenance. So…you’re late to work.


What’s your fondest (ahem, worst) memory of the SATs?

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