Question of the Day: September 14, 2013

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The answer is E.  This is a relatively easy question; almost 3/4 of the visitors to the website are getting it correct.  All you have to do is focus on the topic of the sentence and predict a word for the blank.  The oil platforms (the subject of the sentence) are “the heaviest objects”…  We know they are heavy.  So, I predicted a word that meant they are “heavy.”  (Often I predict a word that is in the sentence–that makes it quick and easy.)  Looking at the answers, only immense works.  I’m ready to move on.

Let’s use this question to learn what NOT to do on test day.  Purported (Answer B) is a good example of how students often make a mistake.  All the other words are pretty common and most students will know those four words.  Purported is the hard word or “SAT word” among the answers. Students often say to themselves, “Oh look! This is a word I don’t know.  The SAT people are trying to trap me with it.  I’ll trick them by picking it.”  No, no, no.  Don’t ever pick a word just because it looks like an “SAT word,” that is, one that you don’t know.  Hard words aren’t any more likely to be right than other words.  Don’t fall into this way of thinking.  Just use my strategy of identifying the topic and predicting an answer and you’ll be fine.  Review video #2.

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

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Right after I finish cutting down the forest in yesterday’s Science question, I’m going to work on radio towers!  Now that the ACT folks are outselling the SAT folks (more students took the ACT last year than the SAT for the first time in history) and making plenty of money, certainly they can afford to provide us with some new questions.

The answer is H.  The original sentence is flawed because “possibilities” can’t see(“saw clearly”) anything!  G is not clear because we don’t know what saw clearly”;  “some” in that answer is ambiguous and the “organizations” in that answer is senseless.  J is silly because “commercials of a medium” wouldn’t make sense.

I attack these questions by reading the sentence while plugging in the answers.  Very often, as in this case, the wrong answers just sound stupid and then I worry about the grammar rules.  For me, that sure speeds things up.

I hope you came through Friday the 13th unscathed.  Enjoy your Saturday the 14th.  I’m going fishing.

The SAT & 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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