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SAT Analogies
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Analogies make up about one quarter of the questions on the Verbal section of the SAT. There are 19 Analogies out of a total of 78 Verbal questions. You'll probably see one set of 13 and one set of 6 Analogy questions.

Analogies test your ability to define relationships between words as well as your vocabulary. In the question, you will see a pair of words in capital letters. We call these the "stem words." There will also be five answer choices, each consisting of another word pair. Your task is to identify the word pair in the answer choices that is related in the same way as the word pair in the stem.

Since you are looking for the answer choice that has the same relationship as the words in the stem, you need to find the relationship between these words before looking at the answer choices. It helps to "build a bridge"—that is, to devise a sentence or phrase that defines one word in terms of the other.

Sample Question #1

Directions: In the following question, a related pair of words or phrases is followed by five pairs of words or phrases. Choose the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to that in the original pair



law : anarchy
hunger : thirst
etiquette : discipline
love : treason
stimulant : sensitivity


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