SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Dec. 2, 2013

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The answer is D.  This question is a good reminder that rather than being stressful, standardized tests can be viewed as wonderful things!  That is because when something is standardized, it is predictable.  My free website (and Video #9) has a list of predicted grammar and composition errors.  Take a look.  I tell you that anytime you see an underlined pronoun,  there are some things you need to check.  One of them is singular/plural consistency with the noun that the pronoun represents.  When you see “its,” check out the noun it represents, “words.”  Oops.  “Its” (singular) should be “their” (plural) to be consistent with “words” (plural).

Memorizing and practicing the predicable list of common errors will certainly increase your speed on this part of the SAT (and corresponding ACT English Test) and raise you score.

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

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.  The shadow points different directions at different times of the year.  That means the sun has to come up in a different location on the three different days in Table 1.  Using my “PICK” strategies for reading tests, eliminates answers G, H, and J.  They all add to the information when you insert them.  (I think this section of the test should be renamed the “Science Reading” test; that would be more appropriate.)

When you are preparing for the ACT Science Test, be sure you simply practice reading and interpreting data displays: figures, tables, graphs, etc.  That is what the test is about, not the science you’ve memorized.  The test writer will give you the science information you’ll need.  They just want to know if you have good data analysis skills.

I hope you have a great week.  The countdown to Christmas break starts today!

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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