SAT Success with RocketReader
The SAT Training Module is included FREE with every copy of RocketReader
The SAT is overseen by the College Entrance Examination Board and is written by the Educational Testing Service, the ETS. SATs are held several times every year.
SAT exams may be the most important exams you ever take, as your SAT results
can affect which college you attend. Based on your college of choice,
your SAT scores can also affect the type of career in which you will succeed.
If you are aiming for success at college, you will need to achieve highly
in the SATs. When you sit the tests, you will want to feel completely
prepared, calm and ready for success.
is the key to SAT success
You can now
prepare for the SATs in complete confidence with RocketReader. SAT
Preparation is easy with the new RocketReader SAT memory
development module, included FREE with every copy of RocketReader:
SAT Preparation contains explanatory narrative, examples and sample questions
based on genuine SAT question formats. These prepare you for the
format, content and style of the tests.
All major question formats are discussed, as are recognized exam
techniques and patterns particular to SATs.
recently took up college classes again this fall, and the study
time required per class has dropped by almost half."
(James Riendaeu, Madison WI USA)
prepares you for SAT success with more than
seven hundred multiple choice SAT style questions and more than
three thousand multiple choice options, as well
as narratives and worked examples which explain the most efficient problem
solving methods. RocketReader uses an automatic multiple choice scoring
and feedback system to really hone your SAT skills. The advantage of so
much practise content is familiarity. You will get to know the main techniques,
strategies and patterns used in the test paper, and approach the SAT with
the confidence that comes from knowing your materials. You
can practise your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses by using RocketReader's
sample questions and enter the exam feeling fully prepared.
behind the questions exposed
Each of the
SAT questions follows a specific formula. You can practise your
SAT skills by doing past papers and answering SAT style questions to familiarize
yourself with the formulas used. RocketReader provides you with many examples
of SAT style questions in its speed training and memory development sections,
so you will feel comfortable with the style and content of the questions.
Once you recognize the formulas, you increase your chance of applying
them under exam conditions.
choice questions are one of the formats used in the SAT. Multiple
choice questions give you prompts for your answers, so that even if you
do not know the answer to the question immediately, you will be able to
make the correct choice by eliminating impossible options.
All SAT questions included use a multiple choice question format to teach you familiarity with this.
There are different types of SAT verbal questions. These include critical
reasoning, and sentence completions. The RocketReader SAT
Preparation Module allows you to prepare fully for each of these types.
For each type, RocketReader includes an explanatory narrative which contains
suggestions for answering questions, devices and techniques used by the
authors of questions, and a number of sample questions drawn based on
actual SAT question formats.
answer this type of question, you must pick a word or words which are
most appropriate in a sentence. These questions help you to
understand the correct context for words.
When answering these type of questions, you must be very sure of the definitions
of words commonly used in English. To study for them, RocketReader
has multiple-choice questions based on more than 650 SAT words used in
real SATs. Drawn from past test papers, the RocketReader vocabulary
teaches you the meanings you really need to know. You can practise
your knowledge on hundreds of practise questions, in the SAT multiple
choice format. This teaches you familiarity with the style and content
of questions used.
has multiple-choice questions based on more than 650 SAT words used
in real SATs. Practice with RocketReader is the key to higher
The following represents the RocketReader method of working through a Sentence
Completion question. RocketReader works through the answer options
systematically and explains hints, short-cuts and techniques for finding
the right answer:
Andrew left the house in the morning, he was --------- to discover
that his brand new Cadillac had been stolen."
the answer options, you should have immediately eliminated option A).
This is illogical. No-one is overjoyed when their new car is stolen.
Similarly, options D) and E), guilt and compassion, are not realistic responses
to the theft of a new car. On closer inspection and elimination
of option C), option B) is the only logical response.
technique applies to questions where there is more than one blank space.
If some options are obviously wrong, eliminate them and increase your
chance of getting the question right. You can eliminate options more easily
by relying on groups and families of words. If you know that the
first word in a question would not use words from a specific family, eliminate
words from this family straight away. For instance, see if you can
quickly eliminate the wrong options in the following question:
Andrew left the house in the morning, he was ------- to discover that
his brand new car had been stolen, but felt --------- when he saw that
the thieves had run out of petrol at the end of the street!"
B) glad, dismayed
C) horrified, triumphant
D) horrified, upset
E) angry, furious
have eliminated any options where the first word is positive in tone.
No-one would be happy (or any variation of happiness) that their new car
is stolen. Thus, you should have eliminated A) and B) immediately.
to the next blank in the sentence by using the same technique. If
the second blank could not be filled by words from a specific family,
eliminate these options. In the above question, eliminate D) and
E) immediately. Andrew would not be upset if the thieves could not
get away because his car had no petrol - he would be happy that he knew
where his car was. Thus, the remaining option is C. Andrew would
be horrified that his car had been stolen but feel that he had beaten
the thieves because his car did not even have enough petrol to leave the
are used to great effect in the SAT Sentence Completion questions.
RocketReader contains a comprehensive list of common conjunctions, and
strategies for answering difficult Sentence Completion questions.
give you clues about which family of words will be used in the sentence.
If the conjunction is an "and", the two words used in the blanks will
have similar meanings. For instance:
felt --------- with his high SAT Math score, and -------- with his reasonably
high Verbal score."
B) horrified, glad
C) upset, furious
D) grateful, repentant
E) envious, jealous
If you know
that an "and" means that the two words will have similar meanings, eliminate
any answers which have opposite or widely different meanings. In
the above question, this would mean eliminating options B) and D).
conjunction is "or", "although", "but", "however" (for example), the two
words will have different meanings because the conjunction is negative.
See if you can eliminate the incorrect options from the following question:
"Matthew felt ------- with his high SAT Math score, but was --------- when he got a very low Verbal score."
A) satisfied, jubilant
B) upset, joyous
C) furious, angry
D) satisfied, disappointed
E) triumphant, eager
have immediately eliminated options A) and C) because the words in these
works through the answer options systematically, and explains hints,
short-cuts and techniques for finding the right answer.
The following represents a selection of the practise Sentence Completion
questions available in RocketReader. Remember, there are hundreds
of practise questions to hone your skills and recognize the correct context
of known vocabulary words.
the following sentences by selecting the most appropriate answer from
the options given.
the door and was............. by the snow which had piled on her step,
despite her careful attempts to sweep it the ......... night."
B) overjoyed, following
C) confused, Thursday
D) annoyed, following
E) ecstatic, previous
were no cars left when she got to the yard, so she picked a boat and
immediately began to.....”
ceaseless devotion to his studies was <choice>, but his cleanliness
was <choice>, as his clothes were always dirty and crumpled."
involve considering the author's purpose, style, characters, plot or setting
and answering questions about it.
Reading is arguably the most difficult verbal component of the SAT.
This is because it takes the most time to read and understand. Critical
reading questions test your ability to comprehend pieces of information
which are presented to you. by reading one or two passages of prose
and answering multiple choice questions about them.
The high-performance reading training and comprehension sections of
RocketReader will help you gain practise
in reading for understanding. RocketReader contains more than
hundreds of practise readings from many areas of learning including,
History, Technology, Culture, Science, Law, Philosophy, Literature.
After reading, you can answer multiple choice questions about any
of the materials you have read and test your understanding.
Reading is arguably the most difficult verbal component of the SAT.
RocketReader trains you to "blitz" the Critical Reading section
with hundreds of critical reading practice texts with accompanying
multiple-choice comprehension questions.
The explanatory narratives for Critical Reading questions explain the different
types of passages used in the areas of Science, Humanities, Fiction,
and Theory, and also apply to paired passages. The narratives discuss literary
techniques and devices like tone, implication, style, author's attitude
and textual notes, and provide strategies for answering questions,
including recognizing key terms and isolating definitions.
For all types
of question, examples are provided and patterns in question styles investigated.
Major question styles are discussed, including vocabulary in context,
purpose, comprehension, facts and details, tone/attitude, true or false,
and context. Strategies for answering questions are provided, including
techniques for identifying issues and topic sentences, interpreting information,
skills of synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.
A good vocabulary
is necessary for a high score in the Critical Reading section of the SAT.
Your understanding of the meanings of words is tested in the
critical reading and sentence completion questions when you must understand the
words in context. If you know what a word means, you
will be more likely to place it in its correct context. RocketReader
contains a list of more than six hundred words commonly used in previous
SAT questions. You can test your knowledge of these words with more than three hundred multiple
represents a selection of the multiple choice questions based on the RocketReader
vocabulary. Remember, there are more than three hundred multiple
choice questions with which to develop your vocabulary so that you will
be able to identify the meaning and context of words in your SAT paper.
If a person is anonymous, what does this mean?
A. their identity is unknown
B. they are elderly
C. they are fond of housework
D. they are not permitted to drive a car
2. To anticipate
an event is to:
A. look forward with expectation to it
B. betray it
C. avoid it
D. ignore it
3. To feel
apathy toward an event is to feel:
A. indifferent towards it
B. passionate towards it
C. question it
D. respond to it
SAT component of RocketReader is now included with every copy
Prefixes and Suffixes
technique of comprehending words used in the SAT Verbal section is to
break a word down into its syllables or sounds. The meanings of
many words in English are derived from words in other languages, including
French, Greek and Latin. If you know some of these "root" words, you will
be able to work out the meanings of many English words.
This is useful for Sentence Completion and Critical Reading questions, and in your everyday
use of English.
contains a list of more than two hundred common roots,
prefixes and suffixes. By knowing the roots, prefixes and suffixes
of words, you will learn the origins of many English words and their meanings.
You can use these to "decode" words with which you are
represents a selection of multiple choice questions available in RocketReader
to practise your knowledge of English words.
When you sit the SATs, you will be able to decode unknown origins
Which of the following prefixes means "open place"?
prefix means "water"?
is high school mathematics, including arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
The SAT questions are either problem solving style questions or quantitative
comparison. You will either have to answer multiple choice questions
or provide your own answers. In the questions where you must provide
your own answers, the questions will be similar to those in the multiple
choice sections, and similar to the math questions you have answered throughout
includes Maths questions that drill you on important and commonly
used formulae and techniques that appear often in SAT exams.
Preparation in the key to a high SAT score.
Management in the SAT
your time effectively, you maximize your chances of a higher score in
the SAT. Very few students actually answer all of the questions on their
test paper, simply because they have not managed time effectively.
Learn the skills of time management and use allocated time for maximum
gain. The RocketReader SAT Preparation Module contains
information about the division of time during
the exam including how much time to allocate to answer each section of the paper,
use of time instruments, and techniques for managing time.
The Answer Sheet records your answers. It is marked by a computer not a human.
Therefore, it is vital that you know how to fill it out correctly to minimize
the chance of error. A computer can only read what it is given.
It cannot judge what you "meant" to write. Your answers, therefore,
must be precise and careful. RocketReader explains how to fill out
your answer sheet and which details to provide. RocketReader explains
the patterns used by ETS in the SAT answers, and teaches you to recognize
are very important, so you may feel nervous or anxious before or during
the exam. RocketReader gives basic strategies for dealing with pressure,
encourages self confidence and discusses expectations of self ,
performance pressure, and the need for adequate preparation to eliminate
panic. You should enter the exam room determined to demonstrate your
includes a complete SAT preparation system that was developed with
the advice of leading SAT experts, and with the knowledge of hundreds
of past SAT papers. The SAT component is now included with
RocketReader :- the key to SAT success.