SAT & ACT Question of the Day: Feb. 14, 2014

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The answer is D.  The test writers are very fond of asking you questions about “parallel structures.”  Often they are about verb form but today it is about the two nouns (dog’s and human’s) being consistent.  The current sentence compares a dog’s sense of smell to humans.   It meant to compare a dog’s sense of smell with a human’s sense of smell.  So we need to add an apostrophe.  Doing so puts the parallel nouns in the same format.

One of my favorite websites is  It will truly help you with improving your grammar skills including parallel structures.  If that is an area of weakness for you, I’d suggest you spend some time with the gorilla.  (That comment will make sense if you use the website.)

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

ACT Question of the Day: Use your “back” button to return to my website after reading the ACT Question of the Day.

The answer is G.  The second paragraph is about how the vice president developed a plan to spread the use of radios and how well that plan succeeded.  Therefore, the new sentence does a nice job of summarizing the results of his efforts.  Put it at the end of the paragraph.

Do you have trouble finishing the English Test on time?  If so, this would be a good question to skip.  It takes much more time than a typical question because it requires you to read and consider several different paragraphs of the passage.  Because all questions are worth one point, skip it for now (and skip it on the answer sheet!) and come back to it at the end of the English Test.  Just remember you left it blank and you need to come back and randomly bubble in an answer before time runs out if you don’t have time to work on it.

We sure had a great time at Apopka High last night.  It was a terrific turnout and the audience asked a lot of great questions.  We are off to a wonderful start with that project.

Make it a Happy Valentine’s Day — even if you don’t have a sweetie.  Do something nice for someone — and for yourself.

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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