Question of the Day: Nov. 8, 2013

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The answer is C.  This is one of the most common errors you will see on the test.  They love to start out with an introductory adjectival phrase and then put an inappropriate noun that it modifies following the comma.  In this case, the phrase describes a country and then the noun that follows the comma is  “borders.”  They make it tricky by putting “Finland’s” there; so, it sounds right at first.  But Finland is not used as the subject because it is in the possessive case.  If you were in a hurry, you probably didn’t notice that.

Whenever you see an introductory adjectival clause, be sure that it is describing the appropriate noun which follows it.  For a list of more common errors, check out my website and take a look at Video #9.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have 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 C.  (I promise not to rant about them continuing to use the same old questions all the time but this question has moss on it because it is so old.)  You can see from Figure 1 that the pines die out at 100 years and the oak-hickory trees take over.  That’s simple enough.

Be sure to practice reading charts and graphs to prepare for the ACT Science Test.  There will be lots of them.  Don’t worry about reviewing science knowledge.  They will tell you everything you need to know to answer the questions.  (I’ve only seen two fact-based questions in over 20 years that weren’t answered by the information in the test booklet.)

Today would be a good day to get to know someone new.  Say, “Hi,” to a classmate that you don’t know and seems interesting based on what s/he says in class.  Maybe you’ll discover a new friend.

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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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