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1 CRACKING THE CODE Mastering PSAT Sentence Completions “It’s ELEMENTARY!”

2 DEFINITION DEFINITION SUPPORT SUPPORT CONTRAST CONTRAST CAUSE & EFFECT CAUSE & EFFECT

3 DEFINITIONAL SENTENCES

4 1. These criticisms are ______ and are not directed against anyone in particular. (A) S PECIFIC (B) I MPERSONAL (C) I NACCURATE (D) C OWARDLY (E) C RAFTY _____________________ __

5 The MIGHTY Prefix

6 2. Studying to become a doctor can be ____, in that it often requires long hours of hard work. (A) A RDUOUS (B) E FFORTLESS (C) I RREGULAR (D) E LUSIVE (E) E XTRAVAGANT _______

7 3. The Southern Stingray is _________ animal that generally avoids humans as much as possible (A) A GREGARIOUS (B) A DANGEROUS (C) A NOCTURNAL (D) A N APATHETIC (E) A SHY ___________

8 4. Prehistoric hunters worked ________; they helped one another capture mammoths and other big game animals. (A) G ARRULOUSLY (B) Q UICKLY (C) C OOPERATIVELY (D) C LANDESTINELY (E) P ASSIVELY ___________

9 5. Lauren is a ___________________ person, who has always been willing to help those in need. __ _____ (A) A LTRUISTIC (B) A RTICULATE (C) A TTRACTIVE (D) S UPERCILIOUS (E) S ELFISH

10 (A) B ELLIGERENT (B) R ECKLESS (C) A GGRESSIVE (D) P ACIFIST (E) V ERBOSE 6. The queen and her more __________ counselors wished to avoid the war. ____________

11 8. The refused to identify his name and thus remained ________. (A) P LIANT (B) N OTORIOUS (C) B OISTEROUS (D) O BLIVIOUS (E) A NONYMOUS ___________ ___ philanthropist philanthropist Tip #4: Take out the VERBAL

12 It’s like Kudzu!

13 SC’s test VERBAL INFERENCE SKILLS: As a part of our game, we ran twice around the cregiendo until we became so trependant that we collapsed on the porch. 1. A cregiendo is about as big as a (A) spider (B) pillow (C) car (D) house (E) village 2. Can a cregiendo be trependant?

14 Far from being an arnacular pastime, numismatics, or the study of currency, can purnade our appreciation of the history and economic development of the nation. Arnacular is a/an: Verb Noun Adjective Adverb Preposition Pronoun Can a person be arnacular? or the study of currency Far from being

15 Far from being an arnacular pastime, numismatics, or the study of currency, can purnade our appreciation of the history and economic development of the nation. Arnacular most nearly means invalid obsessive aimless interesting foreign dangerous Purnade is a/an: verb noun adjective adverb preposition pronoun

16 Is purnading our appreciation of something probably a good thing or a bad thing? Purnade most nearly means: undermine complicate heighten clarify ignore adore

17 SUPPORT!

18 1. The team was ______ so it was _______with cheers from its fans. (A) U NDISCIPLINED…REGALED (B) D EFEATED…PLAGUED (C) F AMOUS…EBULLIENT (D) V ICTORIOUS…REWARDED (E) E CSTATIC…CHALLENGED

19 2. Some criminal investigators believe that polygraphs will reliably detect deception by recording difficult to observe reactions such as _______________ changes in breathing rate or perspiration rate elicited by a set of questions. (A) M ARKED (B) H EIGHTENED (C) S IGNIFICANT (D) U NDETECTABLE (E) S LIGHT __________ Polygraph = a lie DETECTOR

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21 3. The building should be ______ not only for its long recognized architectural merit but also for its _____ in the history of Black American theater. (A) D ESIGNED…ROLE (B) C OMMISSIONED…USEFULNESS (C) P RESERVED…IMPORTANCE (D) D EMOLISHED…FUTURE (E) C ONSTRUCTED…PLACE _______________________ ___


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