1. Determine whether the stimulus contains an argument or if it is only a set of factual statements.
2. If the stimulus contains an argument, identify the conclusion of the argument. If the stimulus contains a fact set, examine each fact.
3. If the stimulus contains an argument, determine if the argument is strong or weak.
4. Read closely and know precisely what the author said. Do not generalize!
5. Carefully read and identify the question stem. Do not assume that certain words are automatically associated with certain question types.
6. Pre-phrase; after reading the question stem, take a moment to mentally formulate your answer to the question stem.
7. Always read each of the five answer choices.
8. Separate the answer choices into Contenders and Losers. After you complete this process, review the Contenders and decide which answer is the correct one.
9. If all five answer choices appear to be Losers, return to the stimulus and re-evaluate the argument.