SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Nov. 3, 2013

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The answer is E.  This question isn’t very difficult and I see that 78% of the students are getting it right.  Just approach it with my strategy of asking the two magic questions: 1) What did the test writers tell me? and 2) What do I know because they told me that?  I’m told x is 60 degrees and it has been cut in half (bisected); that leaves me with 30 degrees.  y is 40 degrees and it has been cut in half; that leaves me with 20 degrees.  30 plus 20 is 50 degrees, Answer E.

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 H.  Using my strategy of Inserting the answers into the passage, I quickly eliminated F, G, and J.  They all add and/or disagree with the passage when I try to fit them into the original text.   That leaves me with Answer H.

Yes, the reading test is that simple.  Many, maybe most, students end up complicating the reading test and waste time as well as talk themselves into picking wrong answers.  Avoid saying to yourself, “I can see how this answer could be true in certain circumstances.”  That just leads to lowering your score!  Simply eliminate answers that add to or disagree with the passage.  You will eliminate most wrong answers in a flash.  Take a look at my free website for more information on this topic.  You can also see full explanations of this and related issues on Video #3.

I hope all went well yesterday for you if you took the SAT.  So far, I haven’t heard of anything unusual on the test and my students were fully prepared for everything that they saw on the SAT.  That is the purpose of my course–eliminate surprises and be ready for what you see on the test.

Enjoy your day.

The SAT & ACT Wizard



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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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