ACT & SAT Question of the Day: June 1, 2014

If you are reading this in an email you received from me, do not click the link to below. Use the link to my website that is farther down on the email. (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.)

Reading this blog is 10% about learning how to answer today’s questions and 90% learning how to apply strategies and analyze questions you may see on test day.

The answer is B.  As always, start by identifying the topic and then predict words for the blank.  The key phrase to start the sentence is “Even those…”  So, right away we can predict they do not agree with him.  Checking out the answers, we can see there’s only one answer, concur, that means agree.  We are all done.  However, let’s be sure to check our answer by doing the second blank.  When we plug in recognize, we see that answer fits just fine with a prediction of a word that means people realize he does not “compromise his convictions.”

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 question is a good reminder that you don’t have to review any science information for the test.  It is all given to you in the passages.  You can see from the tables that the direction of the shadow varies from day to day.  That means the sun is in a different place, Answer F.  You can confirm your answer by looking at the tables and see that Answers G and H are contradicted by information you are given.  In addition, there isn’t any mention of brightness, answer J.  All done.

Keep in mind that the PICK strategy works great for the Science Test.  While I actually developed it for reading tests, it nails the Science questions as well.  For example, today’s wrong answers add to or disagree with the information in the passage.  That’s just like what we do with reading passage questions–eliminate answers that don’t insert into the passage.

Summer Tour Update:

The hurricane shutters are up and our son is ready to use our office while we are gone.  In addition, the teachers are ready to assist students while we travel.  We leave in the morning.

While we travel, we will have only sporadic access to the Internet.  Therefore, I’ll be doing a different kind of “Question of the Day.”  Rather than respond to the SAT and ACT Questions, I’m going to write about the questions we hear while we are on the tour.  We always get great questions from our audiences about college admissions and SAT/ACT issues.  So, tune in and learn from what is on people’s minds as we travel.

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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