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SAT December 2019 (International) QAS & Answer Key

by SAT GrandMaster on February 16, 2020

The team has finally managed to put together the December 2019 International Question and Answer Service (QAS) for SAT, including both the North American and the International/Asia-Pacific versions. The answer keys for both version are also corrected and included. Use the link below to download the tests. 

 

Click here to read SAT December 2019 USA curve analysis.

  

Below is the curve analysis for SAT December 2019 QAS International:

  • Reading - 10 points for 2 mistakes. You can still expect 300+ within 17 mistakes. The curve is relatively forgiving. 
  • Grammar - 10 points for 1 mistake. You can expect 350+ within 5 mistakes. The curve is relatively forgiving too. 
  • Math - 20 points for 1 mistake. There's a larger penalty for math mistakes. 

 

Click here to obtain the latest SAT December 2019 QAS and Answer Keys from ExclusiveSAT. 

 

Some screenshots of the latest tests:

SAT December 2019 QAS & Answer Key English Reading

 

SAT December 2019 QAS & Answer Key Grammar

 

SAT December 2019 QAS & Answer Key Math

 

Reading

Passage 1: Questions 1-10 - Literature - December 2019 International SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Susan Muaddi Darraj,The Inheritance of Exile:Stories from South Philly.©2007 by Susan Muaddi Darraj.The story is set in the 1960s;Siham and her husband Nader have recently emigrated from Jerusalem to Philadelphia.

Summary:The article describes the protagonist Siham who moved to a new place, but the unfamiliar living environment still makes her feel lonely. She developed a strong bargaining power in her hometown since she was a child, which gave her an advantage when buying things, and Nader was also convinced by her.

Passage 2: Questions 11-21 - History - December 2019 International SAT Test QAS

Passage 1 is adapted from a speech delivered in 1949 by Harry's Truman,"Address in New York City at the Cornerstone Laying of the United Nations Building."Passage 2 is adapted from a speech delivered in 1950 by Ralph 1,Bunche,"Some Reflections on Peace in Our Time."©1950 by the Nobel Foundtion.Truman was president of the United States.Bunche was an American diplomat. The United Nations is an international peacekeeping organization that was founded in 1945.

Passage 3: Questions 22-31 - Science - December 2019 International SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Nick Lane,Oxygen:The Molecule That Made the World.©2002 by Nick Lane.

Summary:It mainly tells that a group of scientists who study crustaceans obtained new discoveries about polar gigantism by studying an animal called amphipods. The traditional view is that it is caused by the inverse relationship between body size and temperature, but such a direct relationship cannot explain polar gigantism well. Then scientists put forward a new point of view, that is, the true inverse relationship is not body size and temperature, but body size and oxygen content. Subsequent studies confirmed this relationship. Finally, the article pointed out that if the atmosphere warms, the temperature rises and the oxygen content decreases, then the giant amphipods may die.

Passage 4: Questions 32-41 - Social Science - December 2019 International SAT Test QAS

This passage and accompanying figure are adapted from Christopher H.Achen and Larry M.Bartels,Democracy for Realists:Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government.©2016 by Princeton University Press.

Passage 5: Questions 42-52 -Social  Science - December 2019 International SAT Test QAS

This Passage is adapted from Melinda Wenner Moyer,"The Myth of Antioxidants."©2013 by Scientific American,a division of Nature America,Inc.

Summary:The article mainly elaborates on the problem of aging. The mechanism of aging is due to the oxidation of free radicals in the body that causes cell damage and thus triggers aging. But an experiment conducted by Gems, a scientist, found that the worms that promote oxidation did not speed up their death, and their life span was the same as that of normal worms. Later other scientists also found similar results-anti-oxidant to the longest-lived mice, and their lifespan did not increase. These results questioned the traditional view, and on the contrary confirmed the positive effects of high-energy molecules such as free radicals. Based on this, the human perception of aging needs to be revised again. 

Writing and Language

Questions 1-11 from 《Location Matters for Ecologists》

Questions 12-22 from 《Hip-Hop Meets Native American Tradition》

Questions 23-33 from 《UNCLOS and the Arctic》

Questions 34-44 from 《A Clothes-Minded Career》

1 comment
by ZhongWei Li on May 25, 2020

Very informative post!

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