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

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The answer is B.  Oops!  There’s no main verb that shows the subject of the sentence, fish, are doing something.  The present participle, being, doesn’t work.  You need a word like are.

Take a look at Video #9 or the Writing Section on my website.  There’s a nice list of common grammar errors that will show up on the SAT and ACT tests.  Grandmother always said, “Forewarned is forearmed!”

This is a fairly easy question; almost 80% of the students who have looked at this question have gotten it correct.  It is a good reminder to keep an eye on where you are on the test.  There will be some easy questions at the beginning of each question format (except Reading Passages).  Don’t worry about them being tricky or difficult.  Do them quickly and save time for later in the section when the questions are harder.  You’ll need the time for doing your work and checking it.

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 C.  First, be sure to focus on the question (Pillar IV–see Video #1).  It asks “after 100 years.”  Second, don’t worry about reviewing the science before the test; they give it to you in the passages.  The figure shows you that at the end of 100 years the pines disappear.  Third, do one step at a time.  You can see the pines decrease at 100 years–eliminate A and B.  Then you see oak-hickory increases–eliminate D and pick Answer C.

There a couple things you need to learn about the ACT Science Test from this question.  1) Don’t worry about reviewing science facts to prepare for the test.  All the science you’ll need will be in the test booklet.  2) Read the question carefully or you’ll make silly mistakes.  3) The charts, graphs, and figures will provide the answers.

Enjoy your day.  Give your mom a hug and thank her for everything she does.

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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