Category: SAT & ACT Question Of The Day

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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Dec 30 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20121230 This is a pretty simple SAT question; lots of students are getting it right. The key to the question is the word although. You have to watch out for what I call "key words and phrases."  Be sure to underline them when you see them since they often signal changes in "direction" or "charges" (positive/negative).  This is a good example.  We start out with an unknown charge describing whoever "him" is and the second part of the sentence tells us the charge is n... Read More »

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Dec 29 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day The College Board's explanation is a perfect example of why I get up every morning and write another explanation.  As many of my students say, "Their explanations are harder to follow than their questions!"  While they don't always obfuscate (perplex), sometimes they do confuse the situation with their answers, there are certainly easier ways to get the right answer (A) than the first explanation. They put you on the right track by telling you to substitute a coordinate point but w... Read More »

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Dec 28 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day This is a great question to use to learn about a couple of the patterns that show up on both the SAT and ACT every time the test is administered. First, watch out for idioms and colloquialisms. "because of" is an idiom and needs to be avoided at all costs. There are a few more that I discuss in my SAT and ACT course. Second, the maxim "shorter is better" is never more true than on the SAT and ACT grammar and composition questions. If you keep those two general rules in mind, you'll nail... Read More »

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