SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Sept. 29, 2013

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The answer is B.  As usual, the key to answering the question is to determine the topic and predict a word for the blank before looking at the answers.  Although tells us there’s going to be a switch in direction in the sentence and seems to have been a fixture tells us we would think that the market had been there forever.   So, we are looking for a word that means it has not been there forever.  Only Answer B, recently, works.

In class yesterday, some students missed a question because they didn’t notice the word although as being a key part of the sentence.  Of course, they learned how important it was to getting the right answer and won’t be making that mistake again.  The test writers like to use words that I think of as directional clues.  Words and phrases like although, nevertheless, on the other hand, and despite signal a change in direction.  When you see them in a Sentence Completion Question, you should underline them so that you realize the answer is going to have the opposite meaning of the general direction of the sentence.  Unless, of course, you want to miss the question!

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

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Oh yes, the famous “stick in the ground” passage for the ACT Science Test is what they have for us!

The answer is F.  They tell you in the first paragraph of Experiment 1 that the stick is “1 meter” above the ground.  They also tell you in the very first paragraph that the experiments are done at different times of the year and the charts tell you the direction and lengths of the shadow vary.  That information makes Answer F a pretty easy answer to choose.

This question exemplifies what you need to understand about the ACT Science Test.  The science you will need to know is going to be explained and the answers will be right in the passage.  When you attack a science passage just get a general sense of what the science is all about.  In this case, for example, it is about the shadow of a stick in the ground pointing different directions and having different lengths.  Just looking at the tables very quickly tells you that.  Don’t bother to worry about the details when you first look at a table, chart, or graph.  Reading the labels is sufficient.  Then when you get to the questions, they will tell you what details to search for in the data.  Doing so is going to increase your speed and help you finish more questions which will raise your score.

It’s Sunday.  Kick back and relax for a while today.  I’m looking forward to seeing my students today.  I’ll be tutoring and visiting  classrooms where some excellent teachers are teaching my program.

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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