The SAT® is going digital in spring 2024. Here at C2 Education, we recommend that students in the class of 2026 and younger prepare for this new version of the SAT. See below for some Digital SAT practice questions to start your prep today!
Digital SAT Reading and Writing Practice Questions
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the poem “Concord Hymn” for the 1837 dedication of an obelisk monument at the site of the Battle of Concord. In it, Emerson notes how much the battle site has changed since the battle itself: _____
Which quotation from “Concord Hymn” most effectively illustrates the claim?
a. “Here once the embattled farmers stood / And fired the shot heard round the world.”
b. “And Time the ruined bridge has swept / Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.”
c. “On this green bank, by this soft stream, / We set to-day a votive stone.”
d. “Bid Time and Nature gently spare / The shaft we raise to them and thee.”
The correct answer is B. The quotation describes a major physical change to the battle site—the bridge has been washed away. Answer A simply notes the importance of the setting as the place the Revolutionary war began. Answer C tells the reader that the poem is being read on the occasion of putting up a monument (“votive stone”) at the battle site, that is mentioned again in answer D, in which he asks Time and Nature to let the monument stand without wear and damage.
Motion pictures have sometimes been used to advertise medicine. Such was the case with The Ordeal of Thomas Moon, a 1957 film produced for Smith, Kline & French, now known as GlaxoSmithKline. The title character is played by a then-unknown 24-year-old _____ Dom DeLuise.
Which choice completes the text so that it conforms to the conventions of Standard English?
a. actor: who would go on to much greater fame, the rotund comedian
b. actor who would go on: to much greater fame, the rotund comedian
c. actor who would go on to much greater fame, the rotund comedian:
d. actor who would go on to much greater fame: the rotund comedian,
The correct answer is D. The appositive phrase “the rotund comedian” describes Dom DeLuise, so it should be paired with the name using only a comma. The colon should follow the complete sentence that ends with “fame,” as the explanation of which actor it is then follows the colon as an explanatory phrase. Answers A, B & C all put the colon in illogical places. Colons follow immediately after independent clauses that are grammatically correct without what follows the colon. Answers B and C fail to do this correctly. Answer A does but the colon after an independent clause, but the relative pronoun “who” begins a descriptive phrase that is clearly meant to describe the “actor” and should not be preceded by a colon.
Plants called dicots rely on a deep taproot system to access water and soil-sequestered nutrients. Dandelions are a good________ is extraordinarily difficult because their taproots extend deep into the ground, and unless they are fully extracted, new dandelions can sprout from a broken root.
Which choice completes the text with the most logical transition?
a. example: clearing dandelions from a lawn
b. example clearing dandelions from a lawn
c. example although clearing dandelions from a lawn
d. While clearing dandelions from a lawn
The correct answer is A. This answer provides the most logical and most concise transition from the statement that “Dandelions are a good example” without introducing additional errors. Answer B creates a run-on sentence. Answer C uses the coordinating conjunction “although,” which doesn’t logically fit with the content of the text. Answer D uses the conjunction “while,” which doesn’t work well here because the statement about dandelions being an example and the description of how difficult it is to remove dandelions is not contrasting or happening at the same time (both meanings that “while” can hold).
Digital SAT Math Practice Questions
A cube has a surface area of 96 square centimeters and a density of 8.7 g/cm3. What is the mass of the cube, in grams?
a. 7.4 grams
b. 7.0 grams
c. 8.8 grams
d. 9.2 grams
The correct answer is C. Solve the surface area equation for side length, then use that to find volume. SA = 6s2 -> 96 = 6s2 -> s2 = 16 -> s = 4. The volume is V = s3 = (4)3 = 64 cm3. Finally, multiply volume by density (so the units cancel out) to get the mass in grams: 556.8 grams. Answer choice A is the result when dividing the correct volume by the density. Answer choice B is the result when dividing the surface area by the density, and answer choice D is the result when multiplying the surface area by the density.
Sarah is making a type of flatbread that only requires flour, butter, and milk. The mass of milk needed for the recipe is triple the mass of butter and half the mass of the flour. If the mass of the dough is x grams after mixing all three ingredients together, which of the following could represent the amount of milk used in the recipe, in grams?
The correct answer is B. The ratio butter : milk : flour is 1:3:6 because the milk should be three times the butter, and the flour should be double the amount of milk. Adding all three parts gives a proportion: 3 parts milk/10 parts total = m grams milk/ x grams total therefore m = ³⁄₁₀x. Answer A is the result of using the reciprocal ratios for both butter and flour. Answer C is the result of using the reciprocal ratio for flour. Answer D represents the amount of flour, not the amount of milk.
The table below shows the results of a survey in which consumers were asked how likely they were to buy a product after watching one of three advertisements. What is the probability that a consumer answered “Likely to buy,” given that the consumer did not answer “Unsure”? (Express your answer as a decimal or fraction, not as a percent)
Focus Group Survey
|Commercial A||Commercial B||Commercial C||Total|
|Likely to buy||28||24||13||65|
|Unlikely to buy||17||30||13||60|
The correct answer is 0.52. Because it’s given that the consumer did not respond unsure, the denominator of the probability is the number that did not respond unsure, 65+60 =125. The numerator is the total number of likely to buy, 65. Divide these for the probability, 65/125 = 13/25 = 0.52. Common errors are dividing out of the total instead of the given 65/20 5≈ 0.32, calculating the percent unsure instead of likely to buy 81/205 ≈ 0.40, and dividing by the amount unsure, instead of the amount not unsure 65/81 ≈ 0.80.
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