SAT answers are simple.
Rule of Thumb: An answer choice that requires a creative explanation is probably not the BEST choice.
Recently we've received a series of question challenges from students in the BTP Online SAT Program starting with the words, "Why can't the correct answer be . . . " and ending with an explanation of why the student's answer should be the correct one. Although we've received and read some pretty good arguments, the response has usually been the same: "Your answer works, it just not the BEST answer choice."
SAT questions, by design, will often have more than one plausible answer choice. You will be asked to determine which possibility is the BEST answer, based on the information presented. But be careful - just because you can come up with a creative argument why an answer SHOULD be correct, doesn't mean it is.
If the answer choice you select requires creative interpretations or extreme circumstances to support it, you may want to reconsider. Keep challenging your answers (and our questions) as you prepare for the SAT, but on test day, remember: If the bubble you fill in cannot be supported by the facts, details, and clues provided, then there is a good chance it is the wrong answer.
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