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The answer is D.  Sure you can do it the way that the test writer explains the question.  But why would you do that?  Use your head.  It will be much faster.  If the rest of the population is twice as big as Norson, you have three parts: 1 part Norson and 2 parts the rest of Transitania.  That gives you a total of three parts and Norson is 1 of the 3 which is 1/3 or 33 1/3%. Done!

Let’s move on. Let’s see what the ACT folks have for us today. 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.  The product has to be negative; so, we must be multiplying a positive number times a negative number.  Because we are dealing with the absolute value of b – 2, it has to be positive.  Therefore, a has to be negative.  That’s answer A.

Celebrate “hump day.”  It’s all down hill from here.

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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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