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Tip #11FRIENDLY NUMBERS
If k > m, how much greater is the sum of p and k than the sum of p and m?
(A) p – k
(B) 2p – m
(C) k – m
(D) 2p –k – m

The Friendly Numbers Strategy

Strategic Solution
Substitute friendly numbers: numbers that are easy to work with and make sense in the context of the problem. For example: k = 5; m = 2; p = 7. Using these numbers, the solution is 12 – 9, or 3. Only C yields that solution.

Using different numbers would yield a different solution, but the answer, in all cases, will always be C

Tip #32ZIG ZAG METHOD
PASSAGE

Dramatic instinct is so implanted in humanity that it sometimes misleads us, fostering the idea that because we have the natural talent within, we are equally endowed with the power of bringing it out. This is the common error...

QUESTION

According to the narrator, many people believe that having natural talent?

ANSWER
Strategic Solution

A) can help young actors bypass the need to take insignificant roles.
B) can sometimes be enough to overcome lack of passion in serious roles.
C) can systematically alter the way a young actor thinks about formal acting training.
D) may not be enough to allow actors to adequately perform on stage.

 
Step 1. Identify the Spy: natural talent
Step 2. Identify the Double Agents:
insignificant, lack of passion, formal acting training.
Step 3. Notice preferred wording: may not be
Step 4. Identify likely answer: D
Step 5. Verify answer: bringing it out, common error
Tip #30DEPENDENT vs INDEPENDENT CLAUSES
PASSAGE

Finally, in 1999, Howard Johnson was inducted to the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor: which recognizes the world’s most successful hospitality interests and most recognizable brands

ISSUE

A colon should only be used to connect two equal independent clauses or to introduce a list. Comma’s are used to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause.

ANSWER

Finally, in 1999, Howard Johnson was inducted to the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor: which recognizes the world’s most successful hospitality interests and most recognizable brands

Tip #45DOWN THE MIDDLE
Three consecutive even integers are listed in increasing order. If their sum is 72, what is the first integer on the list?
(A) 18
(B) 22
(C) 26
(D) 28

STRATEGIC SOLUTION

Start with choice C, 26. The three integers are 26, 28, and 30. Their sum is 85, which is too large. The answer must be either A or B. Repeat the operation with either A or B, depending on which one you feel would yield the correct answer. If you chose wrong, you know the other one is the answer. In this case, B is correct.

Tip #22KNOW THE SCOPE
If 2/11 of x is 18, what is 5/11 of x?
(A) 12
(B) 24
(C) 35
(D) 45
Tip #87THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE
It’s in your best interest to know these issues, no matter whosehouse you are studying at, because they’re on ever y test!

STRATEGIC SOLUTION
Immediately identify that the answer must be more than twice as large as 18. The only possible answer is D.
Tip #73WRITE, NOT RECORD
PASSAGE

Former NFL running back Walter Payton was known as a tough player, a humanitarian, and he never gave up.

ISSUE

Parallelism. Similar parts of a sentence should all be in the same form.
Tip #87THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE
It’s in your best interest to know these issues, no matter whosehouse you are studying at, because they’re on ever y test!

ANSWER

Former NFL running back Walter Payton was known as a tough player, a humanitarian, and a person who never gave up.

Tip #74GO SHORT
QUESTION

Some star athletes are extremely wary, they may be mindful of those who are envious of their successes and who may lash out unexpectedly.

ISSUE

Removed redundant words
Tip #29OBVIOUS & UNEXPECTED
If x2 – y2 = 27, and x + y = 3, then x equals?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 7
(D) 8

ANSWER

Some star athletes are extremely wary of those who are envious of their successes and who may lash out unexpectedly.


ANSWER

 
It’s = it is Its = possessive of it  
Who’s = who is Whose = possessive of who  
They’re = they are Their = possessive of they There = preposition showing distance
Tip #87THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE
It’s in your best interest to know these issues, no matter whosehouse you are studying at, because they’re on ever y test!

STRATEGIC SOLUTION

Recognizing a “difference of squares” makes this difficult question much easier. The factored form of x2 – y2 is (x + y)(x – y). Since you already know that x + y = 3, you can easily figure out that x – y = 9. Adding the equations, you get 2x = 12, so x = 6. The answer is B.

Tip #29OBVIOUS & UNEXPECTED
If x2 – y2 = 27, and x + y = 3, then x equals?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 7
(D) 8

The Friendly Numbers Strategy

Strategic Solution
Substitute friendly numbers: numbers that are easy to work with and make sense in the context of the problem. For example: k = 5; m = 2; p = 7. Using these numbers, the solution is 12 – 9, or 3. Only C yields that solution.

Using different numbers would yield a different solution, but the answer, in all cases, will always be C

Tip #11FRIENDLY NUMBERS
If k > m, how much greater is the sum of p and k than the sum of p and m?
(A) p – k
(B) 2p – m
(C) k – m
(D) 2p –k – m

ANSWER
Strategic Solution

A) can help young actors bypass the need to take insignificant roles.
B) can sometimes be enough to overcome lack of passion in serious roles.
C) can systematically alter the way a young actor thinks about formal acting training.
D) may not be enough to allow actors to adequately perform on stage.

 
Step 1. Identify the Spy: natural talent
Step 2. Identify the Double Agents:
insignificant, lack of passion, formal acting training.
Step 3. Notice preferred wording: may not be
Step 4. Identify likely answer: D
Step 5. Verify answer: bringing it out, common error

Tip #32ZIG ZAG METHOD
PASSAGE

Dramatic instinct is so implanted in humanity that it sometimes misleads us, fostering the idea that because we have the natural talent within, we are equally endowed with the power of bringing it out. This is the common error...

QUESTION

According to the narrator, many people believe that having natural talent?

ANSWER

Finally, in 1999, Howard Johnson was inducted to the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor: which recognizes the world’s most successful hospitality interests and most recognizable brands

Tip #30DEPENDENT vs INDEPENDENT CLAUSES
PASSAGE

Finally, in 1999, Howard Johnson was inducted to the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor: which recognizes the world’s most successful hospitality interests and most recognizable brands

QUESTION

A colon should only be used to connect two equal independent clauses or to introduce a list. Comma’s are used to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause.

STRATEGIC SOLUTION

Start with choice C, 26. The three integers are 26, 28, and 30. Their sum is 85, which is too large. The answer must be either A or B. Repeat the operation with either A or B, depending on which one you feel would yield the correct answer. If you chose wrong, you know the other one is the answer. In this case, B is correct.


Tip #45DOWN THE MIDDLE
Three consecutive even integers are listed in increasing order. If their sum is 72, what is the first integer on the list?
(A) 18
(B) 22
(C) 26
(D) 28

STRATEGIC SOLUTION

Immediately identify that the answer must be more than twice as large as 18. The only possible answer is D.

Tip #22KNOW THE SCOPE
If 2/11 of x is 18, what is 5/11 of x?
(A) 12
(B) 24
(C) 35
(D) 45

ANSWER

Former NFL running back Walter Payton was known as a tough player, a humanitarian, and a person who never gave up.


Tip #73WRITE, NOT RECORD
PASSAGE

Former NFL running back Walter Payton was known as a tough player, a humanitarian, and he never gave up.

ISSUE

Parallelism. Similar parts of a sentence should all be in the same form.

ANSWER

Some star athletes are extremely wary of those who are envious of their successes and who may lash out unexpectedly.


Tip #74GO SHORT
QUESTION

Some star athletes are extremely wary, they may be mindful of those who are envious of their successes and who may lash out unexpectedly.

ISSUE

Removed redundant words

ANSWER

 
It’s = it is Its = possessive of it  
Who’s = who is Whose = possessive of who  
They’re = they are Their = possessive of they There = preposition showing distance
Tip #87THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE
It’s in your best interest to know these issues, no matter whosehouse you are studying at, because they’re on ever y test!

STRATEGIC SOLUTION

Recognizing a “difference of squares” makes this difficult question much easier. The factored form of x2 – y2 is (x + y)(x – y). Since you already know that x + y = 3, you can easily figure out that x – y = 9. Adding the equations, you get 2x = 12, so x = 6. The answer is B.


Tip #29OBVIOUS & UNEXPECTED
If x2 – y2 = 27, and x + y = 3, then x equals?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 7
(D) 8

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