If You Get 31/35 on This High School Quiz, You Can Get a Perfect Score on the SATs

By: Gavin Thagard

If the diameter of a circle is 24, what's the radius?

Earth doesn't have an exact radius because it's not a true sphere. The estimated radius of the Earth is 3,959 miles.

How many sides does a pentagon have?

The United States Department of Defense is located in the Pentagon, a five-sided building in Arlington, Virginia. Construction on the building began in 1941 and was completed in 1943.

Which formula gives you the total after an 8% tax is applied to $100?

In the United States, sales tax varies from state to state. Some states, such as Oregon, have no sales tax.

In an after-school program, the mean age of all the boys in the program is 7 and the mean age of all the girls in the program is 9. What is true about the mean age k of all the kids in the program combined?

In the U.S., most school systems are broken up into elementary school, middle school and high school. Typically, kids ages 5 to 10 attend elementary school.

What is the solution to 2(n+19) if n equals 7?

Math equations can be boring, but math facts are quite fun. For example, in a room of 23 people, there's a 50% chance that two people share the same birthday.

What is closest to pi?

The Greek mathematician Archimedes is credited with creating a formula for calculating pi. Today, pi has many purposes including determining the area of a circle.

How many sides does an octagon have?

The Florence Baptistery is a famous example of a building designed with an octagon shape. Styled in a Florentine Romanesque, the building was constructed between the 11th and 12th century.

What is the solution to (98-49)/7?

According to a poll by Alex Bellos, 7 was chosen as most people's favorite number. The number 3 was the second most popular.

What is the slope-intercept form of a linear equation?

The history of math can be traced back to the earliest civilizations. By the time Mesopotamia and Egypt reached their heights, mathematics was being used for measurements and calculations.

To calculate speed, what is total distance divided by?

Air and temperature can affect the speed of sound. In dry air at 20 degrees Celsius, the speed of sound is 767 mph.

How do you determine the probability of two events both happening?

After WWI ended, no one believed another war on that scale would occur. However, that was proven false less than 25 years later.

How do you determine the area of a rectangle?

Cellphones and cash are two of the most common examples of rectangles. Most Americans interact with both daily.

What's the formula for the area of a triangle?

The Bermuda Triangle, a region located in the Atlantic Ocean, is surrounded in mystery and superstition. In the triangle, multiple aircraft and ships have gone missing without much knowledge of how.

What's the circumference of a circle with a diameter of 10 inches?

Sun City, a community in Arizona, was designed in the shape of a circle. It was created by developer Dell Webb.

What is the hypotenuse?

If you ever look at a blueprint for a construction project, they are filled with triangles. This is because triangles are quite strong.

Which is NOT a trigonometric function used to determine the angle of a triangle?

The first electronic desk calculator was created in 1961. It was called the ANITA.

What do you call a verb that states what the subject is doing?

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest written story that's been passed down to us. It was written sometime before 2500 BC.

What's the predicate verb in the following sentence: Mary, while walking down the road, stumbled over a dog that ran out in front of her.

The first English book ever printed was called "The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye." It was published by William Caxton.

How would you best combine the following sentences: John cranked the lawnmower. John cut the grass.

Much of the earliest English language comes from Germanic tribes that migrated to England. The name "English" is derived from the Angles, one of these Germanic tribes.

Which sentence is correct?

There were many ranks in the feudal system from peasants to nobles. However, all were expected to serve under the king.

Which of the following modifies or describes a noun?

Latin had a huge influence on the English language, but even more so on other European languages. In fact, the Romance languages of Europe developed from Latin, including French and Spanish.

Which sentence is correct?

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 devastated the United States. The country didn't fully recover until after WWII.

What is the noun phrase in the following sentence: Tom's article about his mother tells the story of a woman who struggled to raise five children.

Beowulf was one of the earliest examples of English literature. The book is considered to be Old English.

Which of the following is a preposition?

The Normans introduced French into the English language with the Norman conquest of England. This was seen as the birth of Middle English.

What's the adjective phrase in the following sentence: The boy jumping rope quit when he saw his mother.

The German language was significant in the development of the English language. It was particularly influential in poetry, where alliteration was a key aspect.

What's the possessive adjective in the following sentence: The hungry boy didn't want to share his rice.

One of the first great English poets was Geoffrey Chaucer. He served as part of the English court for both Richard II and Henry IV.

What's the subject of the following sentence: Accounting for the weather, the group of hikers left early because they didn't want to hike through the rain.

Geoffrey Chaucer's most famous work was The Canterbury Tales. The book follows a group of pilgrims who try to win a contest by telling the best story.

What's the direct object in the following sentence: He gave his mother the flowers.

No writer was more important to the English language than William Shakespeare. Writing in the late 16th and early 17th century, Shakespeare's work is still influential today.

What's the indirect object in the following sentence: The fireman provided the kids with a ride on the truck.

Shakespeare was both a poet and a playwright, though many critics believe some of his plays were written by Francis Bacon. However, scholars dispute their claims.

What kind of adjective is "those" in the following sentence: Those shoes look old.

Shakespeare mastered several different genres over the course of his life. In fact, most writers today are seen as simply copying Shakespeare because of his vast range and depth.

What kind of adjective is "what" in the following sentence: What color do you want to paint the walls?

Literary eras help define the development of the English language. For example, the Enlightenment saw writers move away from superstitious and religious writing to more scientific-based work.

What's the indefinite adjective in the following sentence: Many people travel to the Carribean each summer.

Realism arose in American literature at the end of the 19th century. It was marked by stories about ordinary people.

What's the complete predicate in the following sentence: The dog quickly ran out of the back door.

No one has been more important to American literature than Mark Twain. He was a humorist writer who delved into the fabric of American society.

What is "aimed and shot" in the following sentence: He aimed and shot the bow.

Ernest Hemingway was another important American writer. He introduced minimalism to the American audience.

What is the following sentence missing to be complete: He ran.

Ernest Hemingway is credited with writing a short story in only six words. The story was: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

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About This Quiz

High school can be a tough time for kids, especially when it comes time to find a college to attend. After all, college is the first real decision you get to make for yourself, an opportunity to get out on your own and follow dreams that were established years ago. Therefore, the decision won't be easy, but it will be in your hands. The potential colleges you'll receive an offer from will come down to the grades you make, the mentors who you built relationships with, and that all-important SAT score. 

It's hard to imagine that your entire future could come down to how well you do on one test, though, and it's probably a bit of an exaggeration to put that much weight on a single test, but the SAT does matter if you are trying to get into college. It should be taken seriously, and that's why it's always best to get a little practice first. 

Here's your chance to get some practice for the SAT. Whether you just need a little refreshment or hope to learn something new, this quiz will help prepare you further. Get started and see if you are ready to send those SAT scores off to colleges. 

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