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Navigating the SAT -- Retail version is coming soon!

Get ready for it! Navigating the SAT by Knowsys is in the final editing stages! For the first time, the great Knowsys SAT workbook will be available in a retail version! It will be available in both print and Kindle editions. Single subject books will also be available for the Verbal and Math sections of the SAT exam.

Navigating the SAT

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Advanced Math Practice Kindle Edition FREE for a limited time!

The Knowsys Advanced Math Practice Kindle Edition is FREE for the next 5 days!  

Great news!  The Knowsys Advanced Math Practice Kindle Edition is FREE for the next 5 days (May 24-28, 2016).  So, act fast and get your FREE download of the Kindle Knowsys Advanced Math Practice book.  We also offer a Pre-Algebra Practice.  Both books are excellent practice and prep materials for the SAT, the ACT, and the PSAT.  

The Pre-Algebra Practice book is perfect for middle school students AND for high school students who are preparing (or will be) for the SAT, the PSAT, and the ACT.  The Advanced Math covers pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.  

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Which Knowsys SAT Box is right for you?

Are you an 11th grader using Knowsys SAT Vocab in your class at school?  Be sure to order the TEAL Knowsys 2016 SAT Vocabulary Flashcards from Amazon.  Type in "Knowsys 2016 SAT" and it will come right up.  the box is teal.  

 

If you're a 7th grader, you'll be using the YELLOW box since you'll be taking the current format of the SAT.  

Both students taking the current SAT and the new SAT and PSAT will benefit from mastering the new Knowsys Homophones and Other Frequently Confused Words.  

 

If you have any questions about which box to order, just drop us a line at info@ktprep.com.  

 

Parent Testimony about the SAT Program

Knowsys Educational Services provides professional development for schools and districts who wish to implement the Knowsys SAT Program into their schools.  The Knowsys professional development is very affordable as are the Knowsys materials.  Knowsys makes every effort to be sure that under-represented populations have access to excellent test prep materials for the SAT and ACT.

Here is one parent's testimony about the Knowsys SAT Program that is utilized by the school district.

The Knowsys Big 8 Grammar Rules

When working through the grammar questions in the Knowsys blog, you'll see lots of references to "The Knowsys Big 8 Grammar Rules."  Here's the list.  We recommend you memorize the list and the questions and then use them to analyze the grammatical elements tested.

The Knowsys Big 8 Grammar Rules

 

1.     Idioms   
Is the expression or word choice correct?

2.     Sentence Structure 

Is it a complete sentence (good)?
Is it a run-on (bad)
Is there a comma splice (bad)?

3.     Subject-Verb Agreement 
Where’s the subject?  Where’s the verb?  Do they agree?

4.     Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 
Is there one and only one clear antecedent? 
Does the pronoun match the antecedent in gender and number?  

5.     Modifiers
Is the modifier clear and effective? 
Is the modifier close to what it modifies?

6.     Parallelism 
Are the items in a series in parallel format?

7.     Comparison 
What is being compared grammatically? 
Is the comparison clear and logical? 

8.     Style 
Is the sentence clear and concise? 
Is the voice active? 
Is there no redundancy?  

SAT Reading: Sentence Completion

Sentence Completions

Select the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Despite last night’s -------, tonight’s performance was stellar, ------ the performer’s reputation as an excellent entertainer.

A. indulgence . . prompting
B. misconception . . providing
C. advancement . . undermining
D. debacle . . reinforcing
E. plot . . mandating

Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up the answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully, then predict what you think the answer should be.  In this case, we have two blanks. 

Let’s focus on the easier blank.  Despite last night’s ------, tonight’s performance was stellar.  Stellar means “like the stars” or brilliant.  So, last night’s performance had to be bad.  Let’s look for “huge disaster.” 

A. Is an indulgence a huge disaster?  No.  Eliminate it.  An indulgence is catering to a whim or desire and is positive.   

B.  Is a misconception a huge disaster?  No.  It’s negative (a misconception is a mistaken idea), but it is not a huge disaster.  Eliminate it.

C. Is an advancement a huge disaster?  No.  It’s the opposite.  So, eliminate it. 

D. Is a debacle a huge disaster?  Maybe you don’t know this term.  No problem.  Let’s just leave it and go to E.

E. Is a “plot” a huge disaster?  You’ve probably heard “plot” in your English class in relation to most things you read.  The term “plot” has several distinct meanings:  1) the storyline, 2) a secret (usually hostile, illegal, or evil) plan, 3) a small area of ground, and 4) a graphic representation of land, or a building, etc.  Bottom line:  a “plot” isn’t a huge disaster . . . although implementing one could create a huge disaster.  Eliminate. 

Only Choice D is left.  And, sure enough, a debacle is a huge disaster (a complete collapse or failure).  The 2nd blank works nicely too.  The stellar performance “reinforces” the entertainer’s reputation.

The correct answer is D.

Level:  Medium

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SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The uncooperative participants ------ the tour leader’s attempts to round them up and keep them on scheduling, resulting in the entire group missing the bus.

A. discharged
B. implemented
C. forfeited
D. thwarted
E. redoubled

Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up the answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully, then predict what you think the answer should be.  Since the participants caused the group to miss the bus, they must have hindered the leader’s efforts.  So, let’s predict “hindered.”

A. The verb “discharge” has several meanings:  1) to unload (e.g., to discharge the cargo), 2) to fire (e.g., to discharge a gun), 3) to emit (e.g., to discharge a substance), and 4) to get rid of something (e.g., to discharge a responsibility).  None of these mean “to hinder” so we will eliminate it.

B.  To “implement” is to put into action. Eliminate this choice. 

C. To “forfeit” is to lose or become liable to lose something as a result of a failure (you forfeit the right to go the mall with your friends when you fail to clean your room).  This doesn’t match our prediction.  Eliminate it.  

D. To “thwart” is to prevent something from happening; you can thwart a person, a plan, a purpose, etc.  This works!  Let’s check E quickly, and then we’re done.

E. To “redouble” is to double or make something twice as great.  The common phrase is to “redouble your efforts” by trying twice as hard.  Eliminate it.   

 

The correct answer is D.

Level:  Medium

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ACT Math: Algebra

What is the slope-intercept form of 3x - y - 6 = 0? 

A.  y = -3x - 6

B.  y = -3x + 6

C.  y = 3x - 6

D.  y = 3x + 6

E.  y = 6x - 3 

 

Knowsys Method

Read the problem carefully.  

Identify the bottom line.   What is the slope-intercept form (the y = form)?

Assess your options.  If you momentarily forgot what the “slope-intercept” form is, glance at the answer choices.  You’ll see that all of them start with y =.  So, we need to rearrange the question into y = format.  The trick will be to not mess up the signs since the y is negative in the original. 

Attack the problem.  

3x – y = 6

3x – 6 = y

So:  y = 3x – 6

Loop back.  Verify that you solved for the bottom line.

The correct answer is C.

Level = Easy  

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  1. Knowsys Pre-Algebra Flashcards
  2. Knowsys Algebra I Flashcards
  3. Knowsys SAT & ACT Math Practice book.  

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ACT Arithmetic: Counting Methods

Frank has 8 hats, 5 scarves, and 4 pairs of gloves.  How many distinct outfits, each consisting of a hat, scarf, and pair of gloves, can Frank create?  

A.  17

B.  80

C.  160

D.  458

E.  480

 

Knowsys Method

Read the problem carefully.  

Identify the bottom line.   The number of distinct combinations = ? 

Assess your options.  You could start creating “outfits,” but we are looking at a large number so this will not be effective.  Let’s use what we know about counting methods.    

Attack the problem.  

Since an “outfit” consists of 1 of each item, the number of permutations will be:  8 x 5 x 4 = 160 (good thing we didn’t try to count them!)

The most common mistake here is adding (for answer A) rather than multiplying the options. 

Loop back.  Verify that you solved for the bottom line.

The correct answer is 160.  Pick C.

Level = Medium  

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  1. Knowsys Pre-Algebra Flashcards
  2. Knowsys Algebra I Flashcards
  3. Knowsys SAT & ACT Math Practice book.  

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SAT Math: Algebra

If 7 less than 4 times a number is 2 more than 3 times that number, what is the number?

Knowsys Method

Read the problem carefully.  This is a grid in question.  Instead of bubbling in a letter, you will bubble in your answer.  You should always guess on grid in questions because, unlike multiple choice questions, grid in questions do not have a wrong answer penalty.

Identify the bottom line.   the value of the number = ? 

Assess your options.  You could start guessing and trying, but the more effective method will be to use a method.  In this type of problem, it is most straightforward to translate the statement from English to math and then solve. 

Attack the problem.  

The statement translates to:  4x – 7 = 3x + 2

The bottom line is:  what is x?

When we solve for x we get x = 9. 

Loop back.  Verify that you solved for the bottom line.

The correct answer is 9.  Grid it in.

Level = Medium  

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  1. Knowsys Pre-Algebra Flashcards
  2. Knowsys Algebra I Flashcards
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SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Even at the end of the long, arduous bike ride through the mountains, the young athlete looked and felt ------ and hearty; she eagerly anticipated the next day's ride. 

A. robust
B. facile
C. halting
D. corpulent
E. vexed

Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up the answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully, then predict what you think the answer should be.  Since the athlete felt hearty and ready to ride again, we need something like "healthy."  Let's use "healthy" for our prediction as we go through the choices.

A. Something robust is hearty and healthy.  This works, but let's check the other choices quickly. 

B.  Something "facile" is easy, which would be the opposite of the arduous (difficult) bike ride.  Eliminate this choice. 

C. Something "halting" starts and stops or moves in fits and spurts.  This doesn't match our prediction.  Eliminate it.  

D. Someone "corpulent" is overweight or "full of body" (from the root "corpus" = body).  This doesn't describe the hearty athlete.  Eliminate it. 

E. Someone "vexed" is annoyed or bothered, and that does not match our prediction.  Eliminate it.   

 

The correct answer is A.

Level:  Hard

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SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The young prince was known far and wide for his -------, the stubbornness and unyielding persistence that made him both a difficult student and an excellent warrior.  

A. presumptiveness
B. valor
C. impetuosity
D. hubris
E. obstinacy

Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up the answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully, then predict what you think the answer should be.  Since the prince was known for "stubbornness and unyielding persistence," let's use that for our prediction as we go through the choices.

A. Something presumptive is based on presumption or probability. not facts.  So, presumptiveness (the act of making a presumption or guess based on probability) does not fit our prediction.  Eliminate it.  

B.  "Valor" is bravery and courage, particularly in battle.  While it might be tempting because the prince is an excellent warrior, valor is not associated with stubbornness.  Eliminate it. 

C. Someone impetuous does things without thinking them through, on the spur of the moment.  "Impetuosity" is the noun form of the adjective "impetuous" and means the quality of being rash and impulsive.  Since this does not match our prediction, eliminate this choice.

D. "Hubris" is excessive pride (sometimes called "overweening pride").  It is arrogance to the extreme.  This does not match our prediction, so eliminate it. 

E. "Obstinacy" is exactly what we are looking for:  stubbornness and unyielding persistence.  The adjective form of this word is obstinate as in, "He is as obstinate as a mule!"  

 

The correct answer is E.

Level:  Hard

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