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Introducing The Boolean Grid

How can you beat the test? Well you will need to use our methodologies. You also need to read a lot more than you do currently.

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Tips On Answering The Earth’s Hardest English Questions

The secret to success on standardized exams is doing very well on the English section. Most highscoring students have a voracious appetite for reading. If you are the type of individual that only reads the sides of cereal boxes and the cartoons inside gum wrappers, we at BeatTheTest highly recommend that you register for one of our courses.

If you are a student who has an appetite for reading, we recommend that you read the following books over the summer of you freshman and sophmore years. Otherwise you will need to take either the 1300 Review or IVY Verbal.

Title Author Title Author
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare The Book Of Proverbs, Holy Bible King James Ed.
The Mahabharata R. K. Narayan The Old Man And The Sea Ernest Hemingway
The Tales of Genji Murasaki Shikibu The Stranger Albert Camus
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Macbeth W. Shakespeare
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man James Joyce
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Tender Is The Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Jungle Upton Sinclair Native Son Richard Wright
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck The Ramayana R. K. Narayan
The Color Purple Alice Walker Noble House James Clavell
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger The Pearl John Steinbeck
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
The Great Santini Pat Conroy Roots Alex Haley
The Wealth Of Nations Adam Smith Shogun James Clavell
The Protestant Work Ethic Max Weber For Whom The Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald The Trial Franz Kafka
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
The Art of War Sun Tzu The Power Broker: Robert Moses And The Fall Of New York Robert Caro
The Big Sea Langston Hughes Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
Crime And Punishment Fyodor Dostoevskyt The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
The Will To Power Friedrich Nietzche The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens Wallace Stevens
Bhagavad Gita Translation by Barbara Miller The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare
The Autobiography Of Malcolm X Alex Haley The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
The Path To Power Robert Caro Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. DuBois David Copperfield Charles Dickens
The Shame Of The Cities Lincoln Steffens The Water Is Wide Pat Conroy
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Black Boy Richard Wright The Red Pony John Steinbeck
The Jewel In The Crown Paul Scott Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck

 

Many parents may object to some of the above literary works, but you need to understand that the test preparers have read all of the above books. These books are viewed by many as some of the greatest works written in (or translated into) English. So we highly recommend that your kids read some of them prior to taking the exam.

Students should read the texts and pay close attention to interesting passages and focus on how the authors create moods (especially optimism and confusion). As your children read more of the books on the list, be ready for questions about many of the adult situations in the books. Your child, although in the seventh grade, will need help in understanding why adults behave the way they do. The answers are not simple, and unfortunately BeatTheTest cannot answer these questions for your children.

We also highly recommend that your children read The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. They do not have to read the entire paper. However, they will need to read the editorial pages every day. Editorial pages are full of opinions, and that is what standardized exams test. Most exams confront students with other people’s dubious opinions in order to trick them into answering questions based on emotions, as opposed to the facts stated by the passage. The more students are aware of the one-sided views of adults (what many conservative academics call “right thinking”), the more they will not be fooled by trick questions. They can then read the paragraph objectively and answer the questions correctly.

The passages that follow are designed to trick you and to confuse you. You will get many of the questions wrong, as the questions are designed to make you think. Don’t get upset. You will find that as you do more questions, the sections will become easier.

Reading is easy. 100% of our citizenry can read. No other country can even come close to the level of literacy we have in this nation. One of the reasons that we have high taxation in our nation is that we value literacy a little higher than other nations. Trademark is very proud of that. That is an advantage that is unique to our civilization.

When you are answering reading comprehension questions, read the questions first. You want to identify the questions with line items first. After that look for questions that ask for a particular vocabulary word. These are the easiest to answer.

Mark the passage where the line references are. Go five lines up from the beginning of the line reference and go three lines down from the bottom of the line reference. For example, if the question asks you something particular about lines 18 to 21, you must read lines 13 to 24 to arrive at the answer.

Always remember that you must always know what the main idea of the passage is. Your English teacher can help you with this. The answers to all the questions must agree with the main idea. Start reading the passage and then answer the questions. Eliminate choices and select an answer.

For particular vocabulary words, substitute the meaning into the sentence that is outlined in the answer choices. See if it makes any sense and then pick that answer.

Sentence Completions

Try to complete the sentence in your own words. Then look for the pair that closely matches the words you initially put in. Students who enroll in the 1300 Review learn about our innovative transition and continuity identification techniques whereas students who enroll in IVY Verbal Review learn how to use the Boolean Grid and answer the questions faster!

Sentence completions are difficult if you go about them the usual way. Most of us go right ahead and start answering the question. This is exactly what standardized assessment test manufacturers want you to do. It is hard to break this habit as it is what we were taught to do since first grade.

Try the following exercise. Here are a bunch of sentences where there are blanks. Unlike traditional standardized test questions, we have removed the answer choices. Take as much time as you need to do them. Come up with a simple word that completes the sentence.

Exercise 1

Select a word that would best complete the following sentences.

  1. A market strategist must know the ______________ between a bond and a stock.
  2. ______________ are highly confused as to the differences between these building blocks of the securities markets.
  3. Many investment houses lean heavily on the premise that investors are generally ______________ with amnesia as investors never seem to recall that stocks also go down.
  4. Investment houses hold to this opinion, as there is little ______________ of the vast flood of money coming into their coffers.

Don’t be hard on yourself. These are not easy.

Call BeatTheTest.Com at (917) 767-0565 and we will walk you through this directly.

Now that you have completed those exercises, let’s move on to some really helpful advice. We spend a lot of time in front of the television or listening to music. Rarely do we read or see anything objectionable. Standardized assessment tests examine that which is not observed by the student. With respect to sentences, students expect simple questions where the sentence reads easily from left to right.

We believe there are two types of sentence completions. They are called transition and continuity. It is easiest to identify sentences with continuity. The word and or because appears in the sentence. The sentence goes in one direction. Transition sentences differ in that they have a change in direction. A classic marker for a transition sentence is the word although.

sentences

So let’s review. The key is to answer the sentence using your own words first. Afterwards identify key words and key punctuation to determine what kind of sentence it is. Then look at the answer choices and eliminate choices.

Analogies

Try to make a sentence that utilizes the two words and find a similar relationship in the answer pairs. Students who enroll in the 1300 Review learn techniques to better identify the six different types of American analogies whereas students who enroll in IVY Verbal learn how to use the Boolean Grid and answer the questions faster!

Math Problems

Students who do not know how to solve the math problems need to review their algebra and geometry notes. This prep guide is intended as prep only and it is not a substitute for mathematics instruction.

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