SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Dec. 5, 2013

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The answer is B.  As Ms. Murphy used to say, “We need an action verb.”  Answer B does that.  The other answers introduce other mistakes.  C has the unnecessary and inappropriate conjunction and.  D has a superfluous pronoun she.  E uses the wrong form of a verb.  That was almost too easy!

I wonder what the ACT folks have prepared for us today.

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Well, they haven’t prepared anything new; that’s for sure.  I’m at a point where I don’t even need to read the passage because I’ve seen their questions so often.  While Iowa is frozen over and there’s nothing else to do, I wish they’d take the time to develop some new questions.

The answer is F.  The PICK strategy nails this question.  When you Insert the answers only one of them fits in the original passage.  G disagrees.  H disagrees. J both disagrees and adds.  Yes, it’s that simple.  Just try plugging the answers into the passage.  None of them fit other than F.

Sometimes wrong answers fit but they are wrong for other reasons.  Be sure you review the PICK strategy on my free website or review Video #3.  Then you need to practice with actual SAT reading passages (Official SAT Study Guide).  Doing so will show you 480 questions that will provide actual examples of why PICK is such a powerful tool.  Watch your reading score improve.

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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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