ACT & SAT Questions of the Day: Mar. 6, 2014

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The answer is B.  The subject of the sentence is Troy and so we need to focus our attention on what the sentence tells us about him. What is says about Troy is the topic.  We are told his “spirits were low” and nobody could “cheer him up.”  That is, the information we’ll use to predict words for the blank like sad or upset.  Those two words will guide us as we look at answers.  “Disconsolate” means he was not able to be consoled or cheered up.

What would you have done if you had not known these words?  Use word parts.  “Dis-” means not and even if you didn’t know the meaning of “-consolate,” you could see console as a similar word.  There you go, “not consolable.”  Poor Troy couldn’t be cheered up.

I wonder if the ACT folks have something new for us this morning.

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The answer is F.  We have to transition from the the professor’s behavior to baseball and people’s love for it.  Only F works.  None of the other answers are insertable.  They are completely off topic and add to the story.

There was much ado in the news last night about the new changes in the SAT.  I’ve got to do some more detailed research today but so far I’ve got to say it was “much ado about nothing.”  Eliminating some of vocabulary that nobody sees anywhere except on the SAT is a good move.  Making the essay optional is what the ACT folks have always done.  Changing the scoring system is no big deal.  So, I’ve got to see if there are really any changes that make a difference in the brew.  The changes go into effect in 2016.  So they won’t affect most of you!

I’ll let you know more details soon.  Stay tuned.

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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