Sentence Completion – Using Root Words

Sentence completion questions are a big part of the critical reading portion of the SAT and you can do much better on this section by using root words correctly. Yesterday’s post used the root word “phil” but do you know these words?


Even without knowing the exact meaning of the words, if you get the basic meaning behind the words by knowing the root word “phil.” If nothing else, you can guess the words are positive and that can be a big help on the critical reading sentence completion section. Look at the following sentence completion question:

The philologist helped the college student as she worked her way through her thesis; she had  ________________________ for every word of the ancient texts they used.

(A)  discord
(B)  reverence
(C)  joy
(D)  trepidation
(E)  solitude

In this case, because the first part of the sentence is positive, and there are no opposite direction trigger words, the second sentence (or the second part of the sentence since it was joined by the semi-colon, a same direction trigger) is also positive.

Just from knowing this we can eliminate choices (A) and (D) and probably (E) as well. From there (C) just doesn’t make as much sense, but even if we did not know the meaning of philologist or reverence, we have a 50-50 chance of getting the correct answer. We should guess quickly and move on.

You can answer many sentence completion questions simply by knowing root words and other word parts and using smart elimination strategies.

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Test Prep Vocabulary – Root Words – “novus”

Welcome in the New Year and all the novel experiences you will encounter!

Today’s Root:  novus

Word Building:

novice – someone new to doing something

novel – new, unseen and unheard of before

Sample Sentence:

The successful woman attributed her success to learning from the wisdom her mentor, Mr. Brown, displayed when she was just a novice.


Register for the January SAT

If you are planning to take the SAT in January, Saturday, December 28, 2012 is the last day you can register without paying late fees. This is also the last test for which a photo ID is not absolutely mandatory.

For students taking the SAT in the United States and Canada, The Right Path also highly recommends ordering the Question Answer Service. The QAS is only available three times per year and can be ordered from the registration site or up to five months after taking the test.

For more information about the QAS, click here.

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Luke 2:1-21 – The Christmas Story – Because Some Things are Bigger Than Your College Decisions

Luke 2:1-21 The Christmas Story – May the birth and power of Jesus Christ, our Savior, bring peace and fulfillment to your world wherever you go. Remember, there are some decisions that are even bigger than those regarding your college decisions. Jesus will always lead you along your Right Path when you invite Him to.

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus 2 that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son. 3 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

84 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. 10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 115 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

146 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Merry Christmas
from The Right Path

A Moment of Silence for Newtown, CT

A week ago, December 14, 2013, the unthinkable happened when a gunman walked into an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and senselessly gunned down innocent children and their beautiful teachers. There are no words to express the anguish we as a nation feel.

You are in our hearts, in our thoughts, and will forever be in our prayers. Today, The Right Path will observe a moment of silence and a day of prayer for those affected by the Sandy Hook school shooting. Please add your prayer for the families left behind.

Tribute to the victims.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

The SAT Question Answer Service SAT – Score Verification Service

If you are planning to take the SAT in January, May, or October, you may find it helpful to order the specialized score verification service called the Question and Answer Service (QAS). The QAS is only available for the May test for those students taking the SAT outside of the United States and Canada. It is also not available to military personnel using DANTES.

The QAS is beneficial to students planning to take the SAT again because it includes the actual questions from the test you took. While these questions will not appear again on future SAT’s, knowing what questions you missed will help you analyze your results. You can look for timing issues, careless errors, misread questions and more when you see the actual questions in front of you.

If you are planning to use the results as part of your preparation for future SAT’s leave plenty of time to get the results of your Question and Answer Service before registering for the next test. It generally takes 6-8 weeks after the testing date for materials to be mailed when you request the service at registration. When you request the service at a later time, it will take at least 3-4 weeks from the date you ordered or 6-8 weeks after the test date, whichever is later. If you are planning to take the March SAT, getting January results in time to analyze them thoroughly may not be possible.

The Question Answer Service (QAS) can be ordered for $18.00 at the time of this posting either while registering or up to five months after taking the test.

For more information on the Question Answer Service, go to College Board QAS or contact The Right Path.