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SAT Critical Reading Skill Builder: New Strategies for Treating Diabetes WSJ

Posted on 12th July 2012 in Tampa SAT Preparation

Here is a critcial reading SAT Skill builder based upon a recent WSJ article entitled “New Stategies for Treating Diabetes” by Ron Winslow.  This exercise is licensed under CC Attribution Only. The article belongs to the WSJ and cannot be distributed without the newspaper’s permission. The photo belongs to Dr. Adrian.

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Pre-reading Vocabulary

Type 2 Diabetes


Bariatric surgery







Beta cells

Control group

Critical Reading Questions

  1. Summarize the article in 3-4 sentences. What are the new strategies?
  2. What do the new guidelines say about gradually stepping up the intensity of drug therapy to treat Type 2 Diabetes? Is it still the recommended path?
  3. How many Americans have Type 2 Diabetes?
  4. How many may have it by 2025?
  5. Explain why blood sugar is so important to diabetics.
  6. What are the long-term complications of diabetes that is not controlled?
  7. What are some of the side effects of popular diabetes medicines?
  8. Even though diabetes drugs control blood sugar levels, what data do scientists studying diabetes still not have about the drugs used to treat it?
  9. How do the new recommendations apply to older patients, especially those with cardiovascular disease?
  10. If a patient is unable to control his or her blood sugar levels, what are the next two stages of treatment that the guidelines call for?
  11. What happens in the final treatment tier?
  12. What is the problem for patients and doctors who are tying to decide which of the several diabetes drugs to add to metaformin?
  13. What did Lingvay’s study find?
  14. What are some of the problems with it?
  15. If the study’s conclusion is valid for larger populations of diabetics, how might physicians change how they treat diabetics?

This critical reading and vocabulary SAT skill builder created by Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson. Contact Eric at 813 787 8959 to help your student prepare for the next SAT.

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SAT Critical Reading Skill Builder using WSJ “Pebble Technology Becomes Kickstarter Test Case”

Posted on 7th July 2012 in Tampa English Tutor

“Smart Money for a Smart Watch” by Pui-Wing Tam. The print article appears in the July 2, 2012, edition of the Wall Street Journal on pp. B1 and B2.

You may be able to find it online under the title “Pebble Technology Becomes Kickstarter Test Case.”

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Pre-reading Vocabulary:

  • test case
  • the poster child of
  • crowdfunding
  • venture capitalist
  • net worth
  • equity in a company
  • barometer of the market
  • transplant
  • delivering in volume
  • in the wake of (What does this piece of figurative langague mean? Where does it come from?)
  • fruition
  • cagey
  • buffering
  • frenetic
  • alma mater

Comprehension and inference questions:

What is the crowdfunding?

How does it work?

From the context, what is Kickstarter?

How does crowdfunding differ from the traditional way that most start-up companies are financed?

What is the general idea of the article?

What is the article’s structure?

What is the article’s tone?

Why is Pebble “the Facebook of the crowdfunding market”?

In what ways does Pebble Technology show how big crowdsourcing could be?

What do the venture capitalists see as the biggest challange facing the CEO of Pebble Technology?

What steps has the CEO taking to ensure that production goes smoothly?

What is the product?

How many orders did Pebble Technology get for the product and at what price?

After his crowdsource funding success, how many more orders did Eric get?

This reading comprehension exercise is licensed under CC Attribution Only by Eric Anderson.  Permission to copy and distribute the WSJ article can only be given by the Wall Street Journal.




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