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June SAT Predictions: What to Expect on the Test

By Laura Whitmore

With the June SAT test just around the corner, I'm excited to share some valuable insights that can help you feel more prepared and confident. Here are some predictions on what you can expect in this upcoming test.

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Prediction #1: Tricky Linear Problems

👉 One of the types of questions you might encounter is a tricky linear problem, typically found as number 15 or higher on module two. These problems may appear straightforward but often have hidden complexities. For example, a question might state that the cost of renting a backhoe is $270 for the first day and $135 for each additional day. To solve this, you need to calculate $135 times (x - 1) for the additional days, accounting for the first day separately. After simplifying, the correct answer would be 135x - 135.

Prediction #2: Use of Semicolons in Lists

👉 Another prediction is the use of semicolons to separate items in a list. If you come across a grammar question with a semicolon, it's likely they are testing your ability to correctly use it to separate complex list items. Choose an answer that maintains this structure.

Prediction #3: Challenging Exponential Function Problems

👉 Exponential functions are a staple on the SAT, but recently, they’ve been including more challenging variations. For instance, a problem might describe a population increasing by a certain percentage every 18 months. You’ll need to convert 18 months to 1.5 years to solve it correctly. In such cases, understanding the nuances of exponential growth is crucial.

Prediction #4: Nonlinear Regression Problems

👉 Expect to encounter nonlinear regression problems, especially those involving tables of values. Using tools like Desmos for regression can save a significant amount of time. For example, when given a table of values for X and G(X), inputting these into Desmos can quickly help you find the necessary intercepts or other parameters.

Prediction #5: Subject/Verb Agreement

👉 Subject/verb agreement questions are always on the SAT. A helpful tip is to use the pronoun trick: substitute "he" and "they" to see which verb form fits best. This strategy can help you quickly determine the correct answer.

Prediction #6: Understanding Standard Deviation

👉 You’ll likely see questions about standard deviation. Remember, more spread-out data means a higher standard deviation. If asked which value would decrease the standard deviation, select a value already close to the existing data range to avoid spreading it out further.

Prediction #7: Number of Solutions

👉 You may be asked how many solutions a given equation or system of equations has. Using graphing tools like Desmos can help. For instance, entering the equations into Desmos can show whether lines are parallel (indicating no solutions) or intersecting (indicating one or more solutions).

Prediction #8: Correct Apostrophe Placement

👉 Apostrophe placement can be tricky, but a good approach is to look for majority rules. Compare the variations in the answer choices and pick the one that aligns with the majority of correct uses.

Prediction #9: Evaluating Statistical Claim

Evaluating statistical claims involves understanding the scope of the sample and what it can be generalized to. Look for statements about samples selected at random. For example, if a sample of fourth graders is selected at random from one school, you can only generalize the results to fourth graders at that specific school.

Prediction #10: Special Right Triangles

👉 Special right triangles, particularly the 30-60-90 triangles, often appear on the test. Recognizing these triangles can make solving problems much quicker. If you see a square root of three in a problem, think of the 30-60-90 triangle and use the known side length ratios to find your answer.

For those looking for more structured and flexible preparation, consider using our mobile digital SAT Prep app, Preptly, which offers over a thousand practice questions closely mimicking actual SAT problems. It's a perfect tool for daily practice and can significantly boost your score.

I hope these predictions help you feel more prepared for the June SAT.

Happy prepping!


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