Question of the Day: SAT and ACT May 18

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. If you are seeing this in my blog, do the SAT Question of the Day by clicking on this link: (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.)

The answer is A.  This isn’t a sentence because there isn’t a verb form that serves as the predicate for the subject of the sentence, bits.  Falling needs to be fall.

That was a nice easy question on a Saturday morning.  Thanks, test writers!

Let’s see if the ACT folks are as gentle. (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 D.  Oh yes, they are nice too!  Using the Wizardly strategy of “What did they tell me and what do I know because they told me that,” makes this question a snap.  Subtracting 22 from 180 gives me a total of 158 degrees for the other two angles.  Since it is an isosceles triangle, I know those two angles are equal; so, dividing 158 by 2, gives me the answer of 79.

This was an easy Saturday morning.  Now I can get started with my other project (painting a bathroom).  I hope you use your day constructively as well.


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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