SAT Challenge Questions – Think You’re Smart?

Can you nail all three of these questions—and by “nail” I mean confidently get them? Well, if so you’re an SAT rock star. Of course, even if you do some educated guessing and get them correct, you are still in a pretty elite class.

Do you got what it takes?

 

Math

1. Triangle ABC is symmetric about the y-axis. Point A is located at (-4,0), and AB is the longest side of triangle ABC. If the perimeter of triangle ABC is 18, what is the area?

  1. 3√2
  2. 6
  3. 6√2
  4. 12
  5. 24

 

Verbal

2. Scientists should not dismiss supernatural claims as mere —- ; by ridiculing such beliefs, instead of subjecting them to the same empirical rigor as other theories, scientists unwittingly allow them to —-.

  1. folly . . deteriorate
  2. bugaboos . . regress
  3. hypocrisy . . disseminate
  4. insights . . spread
  5. hokum . . flourish

 

Writing

3. As the site of the execution of many historical personages, many of whom recoil at the sight of its imposing turrets, the Tower of London still invokes fear in tourists.

  1. As the site of the execution of many historical personages, many of whom recoil at the sight of its imposing turrets, the Tower of London still invokes fear in tourists.
  2. The Tower of London still invokes fear in tourists, many of whom recoil at the sight of its imposing turrets, which were the site of the execution of many historical personages.
  3. The site of the execution of many historical personages, the Tower of London still invokes fear in tourists, many of whom recoil at the sight of its imposing turrets.
  4. The Tower of London was the site of the execution of many historical personages, it still invokes fear in tourists, many of whom are recoiling at the sight of its imposing turrets.
  5. Still invoking fear in tourists, the Tower of London was the site of the execution of many historical personages, many of whom recoil at the site of its imposing turrets.

 

Answers and explanations

Over the next three weeks, I will put up an explanation video for each question (one video a week).

For now, anyone have the cojones to guess?

 

Author

  • Chris Lele

    Chris Lele is the Principal Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh. Chris graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology and has 20 years of experience in the test prep industry. He's been quoted as a subject expert in many publications, including US News, GMAC, and Business Because. In his time at Magoosh, Chris has taught countless students how to tackle the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, MCAT (CARS), and LSAT exams with confidence. Some of his students have even gone on to get near-perfect scores. You can find Chris on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook!

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