SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Apr. 9, 2014

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The answer is A.  “Long been” is a wordy, awkward phrase.  In addition, it is an inappropriate verb form.  It even sounds bad!

I cannot stress enough how important practice is.  Many of my students speak proper English but have trouble on the SAT Writing and ACT English Tests.  That is because they haven’t had formal English grammar instruction and don’t recognize errors when they see them in writing.  You need to practice with actual test questions so that you can become familiar with the way the test writers construct questions.  That will help you recognize the errors that commonly appear on the two tests.  Prior to doing the practice, it would help if you reviewed the kinds of errors that show up on the tests by taking a look a my Video 900 Series or by reading my free website chapter regarding the Writing and English Tests.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have 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 F.  These kinds of ACT Reading Test questions are a drag!  They take lots of time because you need to go back to check the sequence of events in a passage.  They aren’t hard to answer; they just take lots of time.

In lines 67-8, the narrator tells us how she and Mary sat and watched the sunset and during their conversation she told Mary about how her dad had cried at dinner.  This question is tricky because watching the sunset is mentioned in the passage prior to Mr. Curley crying but it actually happened chronologically after he cried.  That is different from how events are typically described in a story.

The ACT has a tendency to do these kinds of things.  That is, they create questions that are not so hard to answer but require taking a lot of time to find the right answer when you go back to the passage.  Work on your speed.

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Practice, practice, practice.  Learn new strategies by reading my free website or watch my online video course.  Then practice them.  Be sure you let me know via email what problems you are having and I’ll be happy to reply.

Bob Alexander, the “SAT and 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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