ACT & SAT Question of the Day: Apr. 21, 2014

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Here it is again–subject-verb agreement.  This is a test writer favorite and you need to be prepared for it and watch for it on test day.  Read my free website or watch my online video program (Video Series #900) for other test writer favorites if you need to improve your SAT Writing and/or ACT English scores.

The answer is C.  The subject, writer, is singular and, therefore, you need a singular verb.  The original verb, have, is plural and needs to be fixed by changing it to has.  Of course, for this question format you don’t actually have to make the change; you just need to recognize have is wrong.

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 F.  This is a sequence question and all you need to do is Insert Mr. Curley’s crying  spell at the supper table into the story and see where it fits.  (PICK strikes again and you need to master it.  Read my free website or watch Video Series #300 and watch your reading score improve.)  If you insert it any place other than, “Before Mary and the narrator sit and watch the sunset,” it will not be Consistent with the passage.  That sure is easy but it is very tedious and time consuming.  Those are the hallmarks of the ACT Reading Test.

QotD Words of “Wiz-dom”:

Emory University Professor Frans de Waal, a noted primatologist, once said, “A chimpanzee who is really gearing up for a fight doesn’t waste time with gestures but just goes ahead and attacks.”  Maybe we could learn something about preparing for the SAT and ACT tests from chimps.  Rather than wasting time going through all the mental gyrations of considering how we are going to prepare for the tests, let’s just sit down and get to work.  Read and/or watch my program materials that teach you the best strategies and then practice them using actual SAT and ACT test questions.  Mentally preparing to prepare is a waste of time.  It’s time to get to work.

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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