A Sample Reading Passage: Why Take the SAT Anyway?
The SAT exam is necessary for any students wanting to transition into higher education. With the highly competitive nature of applicants vying for a limited number of college and university slots, the SAT becomes the defining tool used by admissions staff in determining who gets in, who is put on the waiting list and who is put into the rejection pile.
So, why take the SAT anyway, one might ask? If the field is too competitive with applicants and the slots are limited, students might decide that taking the SAT is too limiting and is no guarantee of entry into institutes of higher education.The bottom line is that students should take the test anyway and take their chances given that data that shows that students with college degrees earn more than those with high school diplomas.
1. The author’s tone in the passage can best be described as:
a. Exciting and hopeful
b. Pessimistic and deceitful
c. Insightful and informative
d. Deceitful and angry
Answer: C- Insightful and informative because the author is intending to inform the reader on the value of a college education and degree.
2. In line 10, the author states that students with college degrees do what?
a. Earn less money than those without college degrees
b. Earn more money than those without college degrees
c. Earn less money than those with high school diplomas
d. Earn more money than those with high school diplomas
Answer: D – Line 10: The bottom line …..shows that students with college degrees earn more than those with high school diplomas.