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SAT May 2018 (USA) QAS & Answer Key

by SAT GrandMaster on March 27, 2021

Curve analysis for SAT May 2018 USA exam:

  • Reading - The level of difficulty of this paper is moderate.
  • Grammar - The curve of this section is relatively stricter.
  • Math - The curve for this section is relatively loose, you can still achieve 790 points with two to three wrong questions.

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Some screenshots of the latest SAT May 2018 USA test: 

 SAT May 2018 (USA) QAS & Answer Key English

SAT May 2018 (USA) QAS & Answer Key Math

Reading

Passage 1: Questions 1-10 - Literature - May 2018 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie.Originally published in 1900.

Summary:The novel describes a poor country girl who came to live in a big city, yearning for a rich life in her heart. In order to get rid of poverty, he lived with the salesman and the hotel manager successively, and finally went through hardships and became a famous actor.

Passage 2: Questions 11-20 - Science - May 2018 US SAT Test QAS

This passage and accompanying figures are adapted from Giovanni Frazzetto, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love: What Neuroscience Can—and Can’t—Tell Us about How We Feel. ©2013 by Giovanni Frazzetto.

Summary:The main purpose of the research is to explore how the human brain distinguishes between real and virtual (advertising/fiction characters/fairy tales) information.

Passage 3: Questions 21-30 - Natural Science - May 2018 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from David Grimm, “The Genes That Turned Wildcats into Kitty Cats.” ©2014 by American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Summary:Tell about the changes from wild cats to domestic cats, and study the genetic changes. By comparing the genomes of 22 domestic cats and 4 night cats, scientists found that 13 genomes have changed, and it is these changes that make night cats domesticated.

Passage 4: Questions 31-41 - History - May 2018 US SAT Test QAS

Passage 1 is adapted from a speech delivered in 1854 by Stephen Douglas, “Defense of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.”In 1854, Douglas, a senator from Illinois, proposed a bill allowing voters in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide whether slavery should be permitted there. When enacted, the bill would effectively repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which prohibited slavery in these territories. Passage 2 is adapted from a speech delivered in 1856 by Charles Sumner, “The Crime against Kansas.” Sumner was a senator from Massachusetts.

Summary:The authors of the two articles are Stephen Douglas and Charles Sonnau. The former, based on their own interests, believes that slavery should be compromised at home, and even if it is to be abolished, such a decision should be left to the people.
Charles’s point of view is quite radical. He believes that the existence of slavery is intolerable. The so-called "Kansas-Nebraska Act" is a scam. People cannot even choose their own government. How can they have the power to choose? Do you want to abolish slavery?

Passage 5: Questions 42-52 - Natural Science - May 2018 US SAT Test QAS

This passage and accompanying figure are adapted from Sandra M. Faber et al., “Staring Back to Cosmic Dawn.”©2014 by F+W Media, Inc.

Writing and Language

Parks and Re-creation

A Swan Song for Sherlock Holmes

Ancient Acoustics

A Ray of Sunshine for the US Economy

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