Category: SAT & ACT Question Of The Day

Dec 27 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day As usual, the solution to this SAT Sentence Completion question is found in the topic. What does the sentence tell us about the subject (edelweiss)? It is tough when it comes to extreme temperatures. The first clause says how it appears is an illusion, so the blank needs a word that means the opposite of tough.  The only possible answer is B since none of the other first answers is the opposite of "able to survive..."  You don't even need to worry about the second word except to use ... Read More »

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Dec 26 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day This is a great question to use as a review of a key principle on the SAT and ACT.  There's a pattern for the number of degrees in geometric figures. There's 180 degrees in triangles, 360 in quads, 540 in five-sided figures, etc. Each time you add a side, you add 180 degrees. The formula is: # of degrees = 180 (n-2) where n is the number of sides. In this case, 180 for the triangle plus 360 for the quad gives us 540, answer C. Let's see what the ACT folks have in store for us today.... Read More »

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Dec. 25 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day Merry Christmas.  It looks like a lot of you got up early to see what Santa brought. This is a very common issue that is tested on both the SAT and ACT: subject/predicate (noun/verb) agreement.  When you are looking for errors and a verb is underlined, go back and find the subject.  Make sure that they are both singular or both plural.  The SAT and ACT test writers love to put a lot of "stuff," like they did in this sentence, after the subject and put the predicate later so that ... Read More »

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December 24

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/answered-question-of-the-day As usual, the topic of the sentence is the driving force.  For SAT Sentence Completion questions, you must start by asking, "If this were a topic sentence for a paragraph, what would the focus of the paragraph be?" This sentence focuses on how McCarthy stayed out of the public eye--"few people knew what he looked like or where he lived."  Even if you don't know the word reclusive, I bet you know some of the other words don't have any relationship with being secretive.  A, C, and D... Read More »

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