Jan 12 SAT & ACT Question of the Day

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20130112 (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. However in my first few blogs, I didn’t use a date in my link and you won’t get the proper question. Sorry.)

The answer is E. You should always read the SAT test writer’s explanation as well as mine. They usually do a good job of explaining the grammar mistakes.

Their explanation today is good and right on target. In addition, I’d like to add something to it that is a common issue on the SAT and ACT tests. Even though this is a fragment, notice the word “crossing” is supposed to describe the “people.” It is near “Siberia” and Siberia sure didn’t do the crossing. During the tests make sure that adjectives are near the words they modify.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have in store for us today.

http://www.act.org/qotd/ (The ACT staff does not put a date on their questions so if you click on an archived blog, you’ll get today’s question and the old explanation. Sorry. The SAT staff has dated their questions; so, the archive is helpful. The ACT folks simply don’t do that.)

The answer is C. This is another repeated question from just a few weeks ago. The ACT folks need to get some new material!!

You can see from Figure 1 that the pine trees are decreasing. Therefore, eliminate A and B. You can also see that the oak-hickory is increasing which leaves answer C.

Keep in mind the challenge of the ACT Science Test is timing. You have to go fast. Don’t ever study the figures, charts, and graphs before you get to the questions. You will waste a lot of time learning things that won’t ever be on a question. For example, all you should have done by looking at Figure 1 (before seeing the questions) is noticed that there is a change in the plant life over time which you’ve already been told in the introductory paragraph.

I hope my SAT and ACT Question of the Day strategies and explanations are helpful and, if so, spread the word. Tell your social media friends.

If you are taking the January SAT, time is running short. I recommend you watch my online Tips and Tricks videos to help you prepare. It only costs $3 to watch an hour of my best test-taking techniques for taking the SAT and ACT tests.

A special reminder to my Kissimmee students: Be sure to remind your friends about our upcoming class on the 19th. Do your assignment and email me so I know you’ll be attending.

The 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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