ACT & SAT Question of the Day: May 21, 2014

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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.  The introductory clause sets up a comparison between the kiwi’s two habitats.  The use of “although” rather than the original wording which is awkward and unclear is a better way to introduce the comparison of the two habitats.

Another issue is “Although primarily” conveys the same meaning with fewer words.  Always remember Ms. Murphy’s rule: “Shorter is better.”  Whenever you can say the same thing with fewer words, do it.

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.  Just read the ending of the sentence that starts with, “if the will…”  You see that the word “for” is not necessary.  (Shorter is better!)  You also need a comma to set apart the “if” clause so that the reader has a short pause prior to reading the rest of the sentence.

QotD Words of “Wiz-dom”:

We will begin our summer tour of the US in a couple of weeks.  From time to time I will announce our stops along the way.  To begin, we will be in Tallahassee on June 3 and Pensacola on June 5.  We go on to Memphis,  and then to Rogers, Arkansas.  If you live in one of these areas, stay tuned and I’ll be providing more details in the days to come.

While we travel, it is often difficult to find wi-fi.  Therefore, during the summer my QotD blogs are sporadic.  I’ll do them when I can but they won’t be as consistent.  If you are a free registered member of my website, you’ll receive an email letting you know that there is an explanation for that day’s question.

I will also be providing updates on our trip.

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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