SAT Question of the Day (ACT too-sort of): Dec. 8, 2013

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If you are seeing this in my blog, do the SAT Question of the Day by clicking on this link: (This link takes you to today’s question. If you use my archive, you will see the question related to my SAT explanation for that date.)

There’s a pretty simple and very effective strategy for dealing with this question type.  As you come to each underlined portion of the sentence, keep in mind what kinds of errors the test writers include.  You’ll find a list of their errors on my free website and in the manual that goes with Video #9, Demystifying the SAT & ACT.

The answer is D.  “Before” is fine because it indicates a time period.  “Each of you” is consistently singular, “each” and “you.”  “Needs” has to be singular in order to go with the singular “each.”  “I” is wrong because it is a pronoun in the subjective case and it needs to be the objective case “me” because it is the object of the preposition “with.”  Now go get my list and learn what mistakes to look for.  It will improve your speed and score with this question type.

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.

Yuck!  We just did this one in the last week or so.  I’m betting that it is a very old question from before you could use a calculator.  We need to start a national campaign to embarrass the ACT folks into getting some new questions.  The SAT folks never repeat questions.

The answer is A.  Using you calculator you can determine √20 and then do the same thing for each of the answers.  You’ll get lucky for this question since the answer is A; go no further with the other answers.

Back in the old days, the test writer would have wanted you to know that 20 factors into 4 times 5.  The square root of 4 is 2 and that makes the answer 2√5.  You know the rule–factor out all the perfect squares and put their roots on the outside of the radical sign.

I hope the SAT went well for all of you who took it yesterday.  I’d appreciate hearing from any of you that did.  What did you see on the test that sticks in your mind that other students need to know?

Enjoy your Sunday.

The SAT & 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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