Once upon a time, long, long ago—okay, like eight years ago—there was a section on the SAT called "Analogies." Ask anybody who took the test back then and you're likely to encounter some lingering trauma. "Supercilious" is to "haughty" as "gregarious" is to… whaaaaat?
To put it bluntly: analogies were hated by one and all. Teachers hated teaching them. Students hated learning them. The College Board eventually realized that the section was pointless and didn't give a good indication of how ready a student was for college. Their solution? Guillotine Analogies and bring on the Essay! It was like the French Revolution, but way less bloody.
You may be thinking, "I have to write an essay on the SAT? Yuck." Trust us. It could be much, much worse. In fact, you should view the Essay as just about the best thing on the SAT, for two big reasons:
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