All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 15

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***


Strategies for tackling the sentence completion questions.

These questions are always in the first part of the critical reading sections. There are usually between five and nine of them and as I explained in the last article, some of the questions are one blank while others are two blank. Let’s start with a one blank question from an actual test:

Conservationists are contemplating a plan to remove the broken crates, washed-up cargo, and other ________ left over from the shipwreck.

A.      raiment           B.      detritus           C.      periphery           D.      desolation           E.      trajectory

First of all, determine the meaning of the sentence and try to find a word of your own that fits. You’re very likely to come up with the word “garbage” or “trash.” Now study the five choices. As tennis players, you should know what the trajectory of the ball is, so that is obviously not the answer. Eliminate E. You should also figure out that periphery has got something to do with peripheral vision (essential in all sports!), so again, that is not the right choice. Eliminate C. The word desolation is certainly a word that describes what you might actually feel and describe when you come upon a shipwreck. But does it actually have anything to do with garbage? Possibly, but the connection is very weak and desolation is not a synonym for garbage. Eliminate D. Now you’re left with raiment and detritus. Although raiment sounds a bit like remain(s), which certainly explains garbage, you cannot change the initial vowel in a word – that is, you cannot simply change ai in raiment to e without changing the root of the word and therefore the meaning. So it’s safe to say that raiment cannot be the answer. Eliminate A. You’re left with detritus. B is the answer. Detritus is another word for debris (débris in French.) So now you know the meaning of detritus and you will always remember it. The word raiment? It’s an old-fashioned word for clothing, especially the garments worn by priests or ministers. Now if you had only known that, you see how much easier the question would be!

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…