SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Apr. 23, 2014

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The answer is C.  The topic of the sentence is the about the minimal or weak evidence that was offered to support the scientist’s claim.  So, let’s predict synonyms for minimal and weak.  The four wrong answers all mean that his evidence was strong or that there was a lot of evidence.   Only Answer C, paltry, means “just a little bit” or weak.  Done.

Here’s a little insight into the test.  I don’t ever recall seeing a sentence that put a woman in a negative light!  Had this sentence been about a female scientist, you would have been looking for a positive word.  So, if you see a sentence about a woman, I think it makes sense to eliminate negative answers.  If you ever see an exception to my statement, please let me know.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have for us today.

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The answer is F.  There’s no mistake.  All of the other answers introduce grammar and/or logic errors.  For Answer G, we don’t know if the “planning” was beyond anyone’s expectations.  For answer H, it wasn’t a “success plan.”  For Answer J, you would at least need an apostrophe, “plan’s” succeeding but it would still be awkward.  So Answer F is the best choice.

QotD Words of “Wiz-dom”:

I had some inquiries regarding the origin of the Pillars of Test-taking “Wiz-dom” that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog.  They are the six basic habits of exceptional test takers and evolved during my early days in the test prep business.

For four years, I was a regional director of the nation’s largest test prep company and hired teachers who I required to be exceptional test takers.  When we sat around after hours and talked about our personal experiences with taking tests (If you can imagine that!), I used to ask them what they did in certain situations.  I listened carefully and compared their strategies to my own.  When I sat down to write my first SAT test prep book in 1995,  I reflected on their comments and combined them with my own approaches to taking tests.  What resulted was what I originally called “The six habits of exceptional test takers.”  Later, in keeping with my logo of a wizard, I renamed them “The Pillars of Test-taking ‘Wiz-dom.'”  They serve as the foundation for my entire program.

Over the course of the next several days, I’ll address each one.

Enjoy your day.

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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