Jan 3 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20130103 Grandmother always said, "Give credit where credit is due!"  The SAT staff did just fine with their explanation this morning.  In this sentence, the phonograph isn't an exception; so, except doesn't make sense.  Rather, the author means "If it hadn't been for" or "Without." Get your hands on a list of the common grammar and composition errors that show up on the SAT and ACT tests.  You'll get one in my SAT and ACT prep course.  It is worth reviewing and ... Read More »

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Pillars of Test-taking Wiz-dom: #1

This is the first in a series of blogs about the Six Pillars of Test-taking Wiz-dom which provide a solid foundation and unifying principles for SAT and ACT test prep.  I developed them in 1995, when I first left Kaplan as an area director and started my own test prep business by consulting for schools and writing SAT and ACT test prep materials.  My incentive for developing a set of organizational and foundational principles for students was a comment I frequently heard from students, "There are so many Kaplan strategies that I have a hard time rememb... Read More »

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Jan 2 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20130102 Hey, that's a pretty good explanation by the SAT test writers! Get focused on the topic and you can figure it out. Here's a couple of things to keep in mind that they don't tell you. First, always predict words for the blanks before you pick answers. You can tell the architect wanted to "use" his visions and "use" the requests of his client. You don't even have to come up with fancy words for your predictions; they are just intended to get you on track so tha... Read More »

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Jan 1 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20130101 Happy New Year! As is all too often the case, the SAT (and ACT) staff's  explanation is much more complicated than it needs to be.  They get off on the right track and then they get confusing.  Maybe they are still suffering from too much partying last night! Slope is rise/run or change in y/change in x which they tell you is 3/2.  You can see from the coordinate points that the change in y is 6 which is twice as big as 3; so the change in x has to be ... Read More »

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Dec 31 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20121231 This SAT question is not so bad; it's completely consistent with what you should expect on the test.  You will find this error on my list of common grammar mistakes that are found on the test.  Even better, I tell you how to find them.  Check out my SAT and ACT test prep class no matter whether it is live, on DVD, or here on the website. For example, in this case a pronoun is underlined (B) and you should immediately check its antecedent.  Its refers to t... Read More »

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