Question of the Day: May 29

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The answer is D.  This Sentence Completion Question is standard stuff.  Just use my strategy and you’ll get the right answer in record time!

Determine the topic: the world expects negative things (“rioting and bloodshed”) BUT this time the transition wasn’t negative.  So, my predictions were “negative stuff” and “not negative.”  Since there are two blanks, I kicked in my time-saving technique of using one blank to eliminate as many answers as possible before looking at the other blank.  Starting with the first blank, “negative stuff,” I crossed out answers B, C, and E.  That left me only A and D to check for the second blank.  (That’s what saved me time.)  My prediction for the second blank, “not negative,” eliminated A.  I circled D, bubbled it in on the answer sheet, and moved on.

Let’s move on to the ACT question. (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 G.  As Ms. Murphy always said, “Shorter is better as long as you don’t eliminate important information.”  Who cares if it was “both semesters of the two-semester year?”  That leaves me with the right answer, G.

The only word of caution is to make sure while you shorten the underlined portions of passages, don’t eliminate relevant information.  A “year” is important since it provides a time frame; “both semesters of a two-semester year” is irrelevant.  Eliminate it and move on to the next question.

Have you seen the new commercial with the camel?  It is all about “hump day”–Wednesday.  You are over the “hump” and it’s all down hill from here!  Enjoy the rest of the week.

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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