An item on PSAT 1:
They know it as colony collapse disorder (CCD), this phenomenon will have a detrimental impact on global agriculture if its causes and solutions are not determined.
A) NO CHANGE
B) Known as colony
C) It is known as colony
Choice A is wrong because it’s a comma splice.
Choice B is correct.
Choice C is wrong because it’s a comma splice, too.
Why is Choice D wrong?
I think it’s wrong because “colony” is a noun that lacks a noun “slot” (or function) in the sentence: it’s not a subject; it’s not an object; it’s not a complement. It’s nothing, really. At least, it’s nothing in terms of the sentence.
Is there a different way to see it?
Sorry to have been MIA — I’ve begun tutoring the ACT and have been immersed in the test.
It’s been exciting, fun, and really satisfying.
Results for my first student:
| Timed practice tests
|English (75 items)
||Missed 12 (Scaled score: 27)
|Missed 4 (Scaled: 34)
|Reading (40 items)
(I used Debbie Stier’s method)
|Missed 13 (Scaled score: 23)
|Missed 3 (Scaled: 32)
That second set of scores was actually a bit of a letdown because by the end of May, A. was routinely turning in perfect scores taking stand-alone timed sections (not the entire test).
No misses at all.
She took the real test yesterday morning, so now we wait–wait, and start work on math. She’s taking the September ACT, too, so the plan is to get her math score up by then.
I also have to make sure she doesn’t get rusty on English and Reading over the summer.
That brings up a question: in fact, I don’t actually know if it’s possible for her to get rusty over the summer. Once your unconscious learning system has learned something, it doesn’t forget.
I’ve got to find time to get back to Make It Stick and to Dan Willingham’s various articles to figure out how much practice she might (or might not) need. I’m just not sure.
But I’m happy!
Update: just realized I should include my email here since we don’t have a tutoring page up yet: firstname.lastname@example.org.