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What's in Test Prep

1000s of Questions

We're not just talking about ones, tens, or hundreds: our study guides include literally thousands of exam-standard questions to get you in shape for the test you've been dreaming of.

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Diagnostic Exams

Strut your stuff with questions designed to highlight your strengths and your, um, slightly weaker strengths.

Practice Tests

Get into your test-taking groove to minimize surprises on the big day. Think of it as getting on a mechanical bull before you try to hop on Ferdinand.

Test-taking Tips

Learn from the experience of ex-students who have been there, done that, and gotten the commemorative t-shirts (and college degrees) to prove it.

Vocabulary Flashcards

Learn to tell your gluteus maximus from your antecubital fossa with a veritable horde of vocabulary flashcards to get you into the test-taking mood.

Semi-real Questions With Extremely Real Answers

Mr. Butterfield, who dreamed of living for years on a pirate ship, insists on sleeping in his new backyard hammock.

  • (A) who dreamed of living for years on a pirate ship
  • (B) who dreamed of for years living on a pirate ship
  • (C) who dreamed of living on a pirate ship for years
  • (D) who dreamed for years of living on a pirate ship
  • (E) for years dreaming of living on a pirate ship

The correct answer is (D).

The key to unlocking Mr. Butterfield’s dream is the phrase “for years.” As with any modifier, we need to try to place it as close to the thing it’s modifying as possible, which in this case means “for years” goes right next to “dreamed.” We can eliminate (A) and (C) for vagueness and (E) for grammatical shenanigans (technical term right there). (B) is incorrect because the preposition “of” throws a big ol’ monkey wrench between our subject and its description, just like being born in the 20th century threw a big ol’ monkey wrench into Mr. Butterfield’s piratical aspirations.

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