6 SAT Questions To Prove You're Still The Smartest

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Remember when the SATs were scored on a scale of 2400? Well, anyone who bragged about getting a 2200 or higher might find that boast having less meaning in 2016.

Why? New SATs coming spring 2016 will be tallied using the test's original scale of 400 to 1600. But, for next year's test takers, that's not the only change.

First of all, the essay portion of the test is now optional. The new SATs have also cut the sentence-completion section and vocabulary-based questions — you know, the one with all the words no one uses IRL. Meanwhile, the math section will add higher-level problems to the arithmetic, algebra II, and geometry it already tests.

“Not since 2005 has the SAT gone through such a major change," Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, told Refinery29 in a statement — and for those who have already taken the exam, the new format might sound outrageous (calculators are allowed in only two of the math sections, for example).

We asked Princeton Review to give us some sample questions to see how they're prepping their students. "As you can see from these questions, this test isn’t for wimps," Franek wrote. Luckily, wrong answers won't be penalized in the new format. Click through to see if you have what it takes to be a top student these days.
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Math Problem, Example 1
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Math Problem, Example 1: Solution
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Math Problem, Example 2
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Math Problem, Example 1: Solution
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Math Problem, Example 4
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Math Problem, Example 4: Solution
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Math Problem, Example 5
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Math Problem, Example 5: Solution
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And now, on to the reading-and-writing portion. Here's the first literature sample problem. Click through for the answer.
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The answer: A.
Using the process of elimination, the Princeton Review says, you end up with answer A, as "Choice (B) mixes up the past and the present scenario for forensic scientists…Choice (C) says the information is repeated from earlier, which is incorrect…[and] Choice (D) states an opinion that is not indicated anywhere by the author."
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Literature problem, sample 2. Click through for the answer.
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The answer: A
Princeton Review suggests using the process of elimination for this question. "Notice the question is asking for the main topic. Children are only a part of the main idea of this paragraph, so (B) can be eliminated," one study book says. The use of "desperate" is also strong compared to the rest of the sample paragraph, which makes it inconsistent, so you can eliminate C. Finally, (D) "expresses information that is not stated in the essay, so it can be eliminated," the review says.
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