PSAT 1.17 Writing Diagnostic

Check out this PSAT Writing Diagnostic question and determine whether the sentence in question is fine as is, or needs a change.

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00:35

not cool the perfect thing to call someone who is not going with the flow [Man on fire]

00:40

or the human torch okay if you happen to know him well which we do and in all

00:45

honesty he's pretty fantastic alright time to check out the passage to see how [Man reading a book]

00:49

this one is being used he said he did it because he thought it would be cool and

00:54

he pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the act and paid a hefty

00:58

fine in restitution not cool seems like Gainey's future is [Ganey standing in street and police officer appears]

01:04

so bright he's got to wear handcuffs not school indeed well let's check out the

01:09

answer choices and see if there's a better way to go here should it be

01:12

changed to cool while not shockingly cool is the complete opposite of not

01:18

cool so we're doing quite the 180 here but really having to pay a hefty fine is [Man pays fine to officer]

01:23

cool well it might work if we're being just plain sarcastic but sarcasm has a

01:28

tendency to miss the mark when it appears only in right see some of our [Girl reading books]

01:32

study guides for reference we're gonna go ahead and rule that be

01:35

how about Cena unforgivable what is this well it seems a bit heavy-handed for [Man performing bicep curls]

01:42

this paragraph and probably more something our grandmother might say as

01:46

she shakes her head and rolls her eyeballs back into her skull in her day

01:50

vandals ask permission before defacing art so alright well no got to be [Boy with spray paint]

01:55

something better than this one beep not cool man

01:59

okay now we're going the complete opposite of our Grammy [Grandma reading]

02:03

this is way too informal and not in sync with the rest of the passage you can't

02:07

really see this author saying it in fact we can't really see this author [Author hiding behind curtain]

02:11

at all let me show himself with Lizzy hiding

02:14

alright well if it's none of those three then the sentence must have been fine to

02:19

begin with yeah by saying not cool the author is using the vandals own words

02:23

against him insinuating that while he may have thought it would be cool to [Man drawing on wall]

02:27

carve up some priceless art the punishment handed out as a result of his

02:31

behavior was most certainly not cool course in our book no there's no one to [Man standing behind bars]

02:37

live in our granny you ever seen her cook up a bowl of our favorite matzo [Grandma cooking matzo ball soup]

02:41

ball soup that girl is on fire