SAT Prep

Question of the Day

Monday through Friday leading up to the next SAT, Atlantic Cape SAT Prep shares a question of the day on our website. Check out what test questions look like and strategies for getting the right answers quickly. You can also register for an upcoming SAT Prep classes by going to: https://acsatprep.org/register/

Today’s Question of the Day — Reading #5

As an example, consider Deroceras reticulatum, otherwise known as the common garden slug. The average gardener believes that this creature is nothing more than an enemy to be exterminated. In attempting to beautify their yards, gardeners use an impressive arsenal of chemical weapons designed to bombard the slugs from the air as well as attack them on the ground. Success is attained only when no trace of slugs can be found, although the wary gardener must watch and wait for their return, since permanently ridding a garden of slugs can prove nearly impossible.

In the excerpt above, the author critiques “the average gardener”  by describing the situation in terms of a:

A. political campaign
B. sporting event
C. military strategy
D. criminal trial

Step 1: read the question stem actively, identifying what’s important. In this case it’s context  “ the average gardener,” the word “author” and “situation in terms of a” which tells you it is a question about writing craft as opposed to finding information in the passage.

(Question stem) In the excerpt above, the author critiques “the average gardener”  by describing the situation in terms of a:

Step 2: identify important elements that could relate to how a situation is being being described:

(Passage Excerpt)
As an example, consider Deroceras reticulatum, otherwise known as the common garden slug. The average gardener believes that this creature is nothing more than an enemy to be exterminated. In attempting to beautify their yards, gardeners use an impressive arsenal of chemical weapons designed to bombard the slugs from the air as well as attack them on the ground. Success is attained only when no trace of slugs can be found, although the wary gardener must watch and wait for their return, since permanently ridding a garden of slugs can prove nearly impossible.

Step 3: come up with reasonable “guess” of what you’ll see in answer bank. Possible guesses:

War, battle or military

Step 4: process of elimination. A and B are attractive answers because war terminology is often used  in both cases, however, there are no politics or sport-specific terms used in the passage. D is obviously wrong because there are no courtroom references in the passage.

Answer: C. military strategy is right and most similar to our guess.

Previous Question of the Day