Today marks the end of the school year for many area students. How would you like to start your summer if you were one of them? Sleeping in, surrounded by cool air conditioning? Perhaps a trip to the pool is in order. Or maybe a bike ride in the park. Such are the lazy days of summer for kids, right? Well, not all students will be starting their summers in that fashion. Many Tri-State area sophomores and juniors will be rising early tomorrow morning for one of the most important tests of their lives. The SAT college entrance exam is being offered, not only locally, but across the country by the College Board. There is an increasing amount of pressure to perform well on this test, which many students take several times prior to their senior year of high school. On many of the college visits we have taken, the average SAT score is prominently featured so prospective students know how to set goals or how much they need to improve a previous score. It can be intimidating. How would you do on this test that includes sections on critical reading, writing and mathematics? Try your hand at these questions, which are part of a sample test published by the College Board: 1. Despite their _______ proportions, the murals of Diego Rivera give his Mexican compatriots the sense that their history is _________ and human in scale, not remote and larger than life. A. monumental ... accessible B. focused ... prolonged C. vast ... ancient D. realistic ... extraneous E. narrow ... overwhelming 2. A dictatorship ________ its citizens to be docile and finds it expedient to make outcasts of those who do not __________. A. forces ... rebel B. expects ... disobey C. requires ... conform D. allows ... withdraw E. forbids ... agree 3. If the product of three consecutive integers equals the middle integer, what is the LEAST of the three integers? A. 2 B. 1 C. 0 D. -1 E. -2 4. Jorge bought five pencils from the store. He gave the cashier a five-dollar bill and got back three quarters in change. Jorge saw that he had gotten too much change, and he gave one of the quarters back to the cashier. What was the price of each pencil? Answers: 1. A; 2. C; 3. D; 4. 90 cents Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send e-mail to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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