ACT & SAT Question of the Day: Jan. 27, 2014

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The answer is A.  The appropriate idiomatic phrase is “between ____ and ____,” or “from _____  to _____.”  Because this phrase starts with “between” the “to” is the error.  The English language is replete (full of) with these kinds of errors.  I strongly suggest you check out  because it is replete (!) with the errors that are important in composition and everyday discourse.  (BTW, what’s the difference between “every day” and “everyday?”)

Be sure you also review the list of errors that I provide on my free website and Video #9.  It will provide you with a list of grammar and composition rules the test writers standardly (habitually) include on the test.  Just like math content, time spent reviewing the rules will be time well spent!

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 J.

You need to learn and practice my PICK strategy. The I stands for insertable and is used to eliminate answers that add or disagree with the passage. P and C are used to eliminate wrong answers for other reasons. K stands for “know.” You’ll KNOW the right answer when you use PIC!

If you insert Answer F, it will add to the passage when you use the context starting in line 91 which is about Ms. Sennett coming back to the Cape.  Answer G also adds.  Answer H disagrees because the children are speaking to Ms. Sennett and not the narrator.  That leaves Answer J which is perfectly insertable; it neither adds nor disagrees with the passage.

The C in PICK stands for “consistent.”  Answers must be consistent with the context of the passage and you’ll also notice consistent and insertable work together as a team to help you choose the right answer.  If an answer is consistent, it must also be insertable.  Answer J is very consistent with the content while the other answers are not.

PICK is a very powerful strategy for test day because it works with all the reading questions on both the ACT and SAT tests.  Don’t waste time with over-analyzing the answers because doing so often leads to choosing wrong answers!

We are off to another great week.  Take advantage of it.

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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