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SAT Challenge Question – It Sounds Weird

Welcome to the SAT writing section. Here, you can rely on your hear for quite a few points. Some students are so good at sounding out sentences that they don’t feel they have to study much. These same students often mess up, though, on the hardest questions in the two writing sections (#9-11, #25-29 in the first section; #10-14 in the second section). In the end, they max out at about 600 out of 800.

One reason they miss these hard questions is they pick an answer choice that “sounds weird”. As I mentioned, this strategy may work well on the easier questions, but will fail on the harder section, because the test-writers specifically choose words or phrases that sound correct—yet are perfectly acceptable—and hide the grammatically incorrect answer choice somewhere else in the question.

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Let’s see if you fall for the same trap in this week’s Challenge Question.


If you know the answer, leave it in the comments below! I’ll be back next week to see how you did and share a video explanation of the problem.

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

3 Responses to “SAT Challenge Question – It Sounds Weird”

  1. May says:

    I think it’s A. Shouldn’t “on the market” be replaced with “in the market”?

  2. abdullah says:

    c, faulty comparison

    • Chris Lele Chris Lele says:

      So (C) is the answer. It is a question, as Abdullah correctly pointed out, of a faulty comparison. 
      We need to compare the name “Rolls Royce” to the NAME of a similarly styled automobile. As is, the 
      sentence compares the name “Rolls Royce” to an automobile. 

      In reference to May’s comment, “on the market” is the correct idiom, referring to something that is 
      currently for sale. “In the market” or “In the marketplace” would be fine if it were an actual physical 
      place you could go to. 

      Hope that helps!

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