SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Oct. 14, 2013

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The answer is E.  This Sentence Completion question isn’t so bad, especially if you use the Wizard’s strategy.  What is the topic of the sentence?  Leslie is a rebel; so, we would predict she would defy taboos (forbidden actions) meaning she would do things she shouldn’t do.  Looking at the answers, only one is in sync with our prediction, forbidden.  Check your work by reading the sentence using your answer.  Does it sound right?  Yes it does.  Let’s move on.

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

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The answer is D.  Do you have trouble finishing the ACT on time?  If so, this is a good question to skip and come back later on if you have time.  Roman Numeral questions require you to answer three questions to get one point; that’s a major shift in the rules.  If you end up running short on time before you come back to it, don’t forget to make a guess because there’s no penalty on the ACT for being wrong.

If you use the PICK strategy this question is pretty simple.  Let’s Insert each of the answers.  Roman Numeral I fits right in at about line 74 and III fits in just fine about line 82-85.  Neither one of these answers add or disagree with the passage.  They work.  However, when you Insert Roman Numeral II, it disagrees with lines 76-7; so, get rid of it.  That leaves you with D.

If you are taking the PSAT this week, be sure to read my recent blog on what to eat for breakfast.  Research says it is worth about 4 points (40 on the SAT which equates to about 1 point on the ACT).

If you are a senior and have today off for the holiday, it will be a good day to work on your college applications.  Deadlines are rapidly approaching and winning essays takes longer than you think to write.

Have a great week.

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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