Friday, August 18, 2006

Self-Esteem Friday

Wichita, KS - Some brainiac in Kansas (of all places [sorry Pam]) aced the SAT with a perfect 2400 score. He tells us that if students want to do better on the test, they can go to the official College Board website and sign up for the "Question of the Day" which will come to your e-mail inbox, as if you need that kind of pressure in your life. Here's today's question:

The Official SAT

Question of the Day

Part of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice 1.

Warmer coastal air and water has accelerated melting in Antarctica’s ice shelves and increased the flow of glaciers into the sea.

  1. has accelerated melting in Antarctica’s
  2. has accelerated Antarctica’s melting
  3. having accelerated the melting of Antarctica’s
  4. accelerated Antarctica’s melting
  5. have accelerated the melting of Antarctica’s
Here's little smarty pants' advice for doing well on the exam: "I found out there's not a secret formula. Obviously, you have to pay attention in classes, take classes that are going to teach you what you need to know — that sort of thing." Thanks, Einstein.
So, what is the correct answer? I wonder if Al Gore knows?


Pam said...
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Pam said...

I choose answer 5.....but I live in Kansas, so don't bet on it being correct ;-).

I went to grad school with a couple people who scored near perfect on the GRE. They were FREAKS.

Carmen said...

I have chose not to attempt an answer since I had to take the SAT 4 TIMES in order to get a score that would get me admitted to my alma mater. Stupid test. I'm boycotting. :)

kimmyk said...

Erhhm...I say 2. But wtf do I know.

Anthony said...

The correct answer is #5.
Pam gets full marks. Those Kansans seem to have a knack for this stuff.
Carmen gets partial credit for abstaining.