Accomplish the Goal: Student Notes and Quotes

Accomplish the Goal – Student Notes

On the SAT, many of the questions will ask you to “Accomplish the Goal” in the form of student notes.
Here is an example of this type of problem:

While researching a topic, a student has taken the following notes:

  • Maika’i Tubbs is a Native Hawaiian sculptor and installation artist
  • His work has been shown in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany, among other places
  • Many of his sculptures feature discarded objects – His work Erasure (2008) includes discarded audiocassette tapes and magnets
  • His work Home Grown (2009) includes discarded pushpins, plastic plates and forks, and wood

The student wants to emphasize a similarity between the two works. Which choice most effectively uses relevant information from the notes to accomplish this goal?

A) Erasure (2008) uses discarded objects such as audiocassette tapes and magnets; Home Grown (2009), however, includes pushpins, plastic plates and forks, and wood.
B) Tubbs’s work, which often features discarded objects, has been shown both within the United States and abroad.
C) Like many of Tubbs’s sculptures, both Erasure and Home Grown include discarded objects: Erasure uses audiocassette tapes, and Home Grown uses plastic forks
D) Tubbs completed Erasure in 2008 and Home Grown in 2009

Let’s apply our strategy to answer this question.

First, we read the question carefully. The specific goal that the answer choice is asked to accomplish is to find an answer that “emphasizes a similarity” between the two works. Now, lets go through our answer choices and analyze each one carefully to see if it accomplishes the goal of emphasizing a similarity.

Choice A contrasts the two works rather than showing a similarity.
Choice B mentions the display locations, which is irrelevant to the similarity in materials used.
Choice C highlights that both works use discarded objects, aligning with the goal.
Choice D provides dates of completion, which is irrelevant to the similarity in the works.

Choice C is the most effective choice as it uses information from the notes to directly address the goal by stating that both works include discarded objects.

Accomplish the Goal – Quotes

The SAT will also include “Accomplish the Goal” questions where the answer choices are all quotations. In these questions, you will be asked to select the quotation that best supports the goal of the author.

Here is an example question of what they might ask:

In her essay, a student discusses the theme of “lost innocence” in William Blake’s poetry. The essay claims that Blake frequently explores the contrast between the innocence of childhood and the corruption experienced with the onset of adulthood.

Which quotation from William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience” most effectively illustrates the claim of lost innocence?

A) “Piping down the valleys wild / Piping songs of pleasant glee”
B) “And I made a rural pen / And I stain’d the water clear”
C) “Where the sun does shine / And the rain does fall”
D) “A truth that’s told with bad intent / Beats all the lies you can invent.”

Again, let’s use our strategy to approach this question. Reading the question carefully, we see that our goal is to find a quote that “effectively illustrates the claim of lost innocence.” Specifically we are looking at the contrast between the innocence of childhood and corruption of adulthood. The correct quote will directly support the claim with clear, textual evidence. It should be almost as if the claim is a summary of the quote.Let’s analyze each answer choice carefully to determine which one accomplishes our goal of emphasizing a similarity.

Choice A describes a cheerful scene, but doesn’t show a contrast.
Choice B mentions an action, but doesn’t illustrate the theme of lost innocence.
Choice C describes a neutral setting, not pertinent to the theme.
Choice D implies a moral complexity that suggests the loss of innocence.

Choice D is the correct answer as it provides evidence of the corruption of adulthood and the loss of innocence.

These questions can also appear in a more reportive and nonfiction style like the following example.

An education columnist is discussing the impact of technology in classrooms. After observing several schools and interviewing teachers, the columnist suggests that while technology offers numerous educational benefits, it also presents unique challenges in classroom management.

Which quotation from the interviews best supports the columnist’s observation?

These questions are tough! Make sure to read the question carefully to know what is specifically being asked for in your quote.