SAT Question of the Day (ACT bonus): Apr. 6, 2014

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The answer is D.  You need the proper relative pronoun, who, to refer to the heroines.  The sentence has specific humans (heroines) who are described by the rest of the sentence.  Which (Answer A) and that (Answer E) are easily eliminated because they are pronouns that are used with non-human nouns.  Answers B and C are wrong because the commas in those two answers create “comma splice” errors.  That is, the words after the commas become independent clauses because “they” provides a subject for the verb “create” and “created.”  You would need a conjunction or a semi-colon instead of the comma.

Answer D provides the appropriate pronoun, who.  Be sure to read about this issue on my free website or watch Video Series #900.  Pronoun usage is an important topic on the SAT and ACT  that shows up frequently.  You will also need to review the differences between who (subjective pronoun) and whom (objective pronoun).  Be prepared for these grammar errors.

I wonder if the ACT folks have something interesting for us this morning.

ACT Question of the Day: Use your “back” button to return to my website after reading the ACT Question of the Day.

The answer is A.  Because the O2 concentration is the same at both depths, 15 and 20 cm, the researcher couldn’t distinguish between them.

This sure is an easy (and frequent) question.  On the other hand, it can be used to learn some things about the ACT Science Test that are very useful to know as you prepare.

First, you’ll never predict the science knowledge that will be on the test; so don’t worry about reviewing science information as part of your test prep.  Second, they’ll explain the science on the test which is all the more reason not to review science topics.  Third, just as with this question, the most important skill you need to practice is  quickly reading charts and graphs because they answer the questions.  Finally, this is a science reasoning test.  You need to apply scientific principles and to practice analyzing and interpreting data.  That practice is critical prior to the test.  Get your hands on some actual ACT Science Tests and study the way the test writers present data and ask questions about the charts and graphs in those tests–the more the better.  The Real ACT Prep Guide is the best source of questions because it is the only book with actual ACT tests in it.  Work on your speed because that is the major challenge of the test.  Let’s get to work!  Only practice will raise your score.

Bob Alexander, the “SAT and ACT Wizard”


About Bob Alexander

Bob has been a professional educator starting with teaching biology, becoming a school administrator, and then working as an education lobbyist in Washington, DC. He got his start in national testing by becoming a consulting test writer, later joining Kaplan as a director, and finally starting his own business in 1995. He has written numerous books, consulted for school districts and colleges, developed his website and been featured on a DVD set. He offers SAT and ACT prep classes and tutors individuals and small groups of students in central Florida.
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