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SAT Critical Reading Tips and Common Prefixes
This set will be SAT critical reading tips. While I reading the SAT book, I thought it will be good idea to put it down.. Anyway I don't like SAT critical reading section, but I must ace this SAT test.
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Rule 1: Know Your Speed
Good control of your speed and timing must be second nature to you when you take the real test. There will be three sections
Rule 2: Do the Subsections in the Best Order
Do Sentence completions take the least amount time, so do them first. Then do short reading passages. The long critical reading passages take the most time, do them last.
Rule 3: Realize That Question Get Harder
The first question in a subsection is usually easy. Skip the hard questions because it wastes time.
Rule 4: Know the Directions
Put an X on the questions you aren't able to do. Put ? if you have more time, later on.
Definition: Fill in the blank
Priority: Do them first
Comment: Not that bad once you get the hang of them
The Basic Pattern
1. Read the sentence, first skipping over the blanks just to get a feel for how the sentence is set up.
2. Read the sentence again, and this time when you get to the blanks, guess on your own what the missing words should be. You may not be able to come up with a specific word, but all you really need to determine is the answer's generic category-whether the word is a "negative"or a "positive" one. In the blank write a "+" or "-" to remind yourself what type of word you're are looking for. When there are two blanks, you should at least decided whether the two missing words are antonyms or synonyms,"good" or "bad"
3. Compare your guesses with the answer choices provided and see if any of them fit your general idea of what the answer should be.
4. Plug in the answer that looks best and see if it makes sense.
5. If it clearly makes sense, then go with it. Otherwise, try all the other choices and pick the one that works the best. If the question contains double blanks, make sure you read both words for every answer choice, and pick the pair that best fits the blanks. As you're trying choices, cross out the ones that you're sure don't fit. Then, if you get suck and decide to come back to the question, you won't have to waste time reading all of the choices again.
Key words change logic of the sentence
far from (Far from doing blah blah, the thing has done almost the opposite of blah blah.)
in spite of_________instead of
while(While that is true, it is also true that this is true.)
yet (That is true, yet we mus also recognize that this is true.)
Critical Reading Passage
Definition: Passage followed by questions
Priority: Do these last
Comment Each consecutive passage is harder than the one before it. However, the question following a particular passage are not arranged from easiest to hardest.
Strategy 1: Skim the questions before reading the passage
a. Read only the questions; don't read the answers, too.
If the question is about specific line in the passage, mark that line so that when you read the passage you will know to focus on the marked lines. (This especially helpful for the vocabulary-in-context questions.)
b. When you see a question that asks for something, such as "Which is the best title?" or "The main idea of the passage is..," disregard it and go on the next question. Why? Because you should always assume that there will be at least question like that, so you don't even have to bothering reading it.
c. As you read the passage, circle anything that is an answer to one of the questions. Don't immediately go and answer the question because that will break your concentration and interfere with your comprehension.
Strategy 2 What was the paragraph about?
Spend 2 to 6 seconds summarizing the contents of the paragraph in your head.
Strategy 3 Author's main idea
Usually will be composed of a few sentences that state the author's main idea and others that contain facts to support the main idea. As you read the passage, underline any sentence that is purely a statement of the author's main idea. It is guaranteed that there will be at least one question relating to these sentences, and if you underline them, you won't have to waste time looking for them. We highly recommend that you use this strategy.
Strategy 4 Main sentence
While you are reading, underline the main sentence in each paragraph. The sound of your pencil will distract the other test takers, making them lose concentration and improving your score in comparison. And when you are answering the questions, the underlining will automatically draw your attention to the main idea of each paragraph.
Strategy 5 What section of test should you skip?
Skim [the last (longest reading subsections.) They argue that it takes several minutes to do this passage. Less time, are easier and are worth the same number of points.
Strategy 6 Beware of tricky questions
a. Get back to the basics: Make sure you can support the answer you choose with direct evidence from the reading passage. Never choose an answer because it sound right or because of your outside knowledge (smarty pants!)
b. Keep it mellow: The correct answers to critical reading questions tend to use moderate language. If a choice seems extreme, offensive or deceptive, it's probably not the correct answer.
c. If a question directs you to a specific line, start about four lines above it and read four lines past it. This will help you better understand the context of the key lines.
Scientific Passage- you don't need to know scientific terms. Just read the passage and don't need to panic
Historical Passage- discuss a particular trend or period of history. The author will support interpretation with examples that disagree and agree with the author's opinion. Circle names of historians the author refers to and decide whether they agree or disagree-there will probably be a question about them.
Art Passage- consists art-literature, painting, sculpture, crafts, music, etc.-or a particular artist-musician, craftsman, writer, etc. The author might have some specific criticisms, but the over point of the passage will be complimentary.
Fiction Passage- You might have to interpret the figurative meanings of parts of the passage that aren't there. Also, make sure that you pay attention to author's style and tone. .
If you think this plan doesn't work for you, don't do it in this order.
1. Read introduction
2. Read first passage.
3. Do first passage questions.
4. Read second passage.
5. Do second passage questions
6. Do both passage questions.
Note: If you spend too much time on one question, skip it!
(Six Types of Questions)
Type 1: General (Main idea)
1. The author is primarily concerned with......
2. Which of the following titles best summarizes the passage?
3. The primary purpose of the passage is to........
Look at the topic paragraph and concluding paragraph, as well as the first sentence of each of the other paragraphs. It also helps to think of an idea before reading the answers.
Type 2 Explicit Facts
1. According of the fourth paragraph, some economists feel that....
2. According to the passage, an atom of which of the following substances will split, releasing energy and more neutrons?
3. According to the passage, Margaret asked Mrs. Horn's opinion because she.....
These are pretty easy if you were paying attention. Plus you can look back quickly to double-check.
Type 3 Implicit (Inferences, Reading Between the Lines)
1. It can be inferred that the guilds were organized as they were because.....
2. It can be inferred that each of the following applies to perfecti except
3. With which of the following statement about marketing would the author most likely agree?
Again, think of your own idea first, and see which of the answers most closely resembles your thought. You will be less likely to go for the first of impostor answer if you already have something in mind. Fort these implicit questions, the answer choice that is most obvious and merely restate a fact is probably wrong. You must read between the lines and pick the answer that takes the facts give in the passage to the next level and derives an appropriate conclusion from the provided details.
Type 4 Author's Logic
1. What tone does the author take toward the chickens?
2. Which of the following best describes the development of the passage?
3. The author cites specific examples of the work of slave artisans primarily to.....
Pretend you're the author (but don't spend the time the real author ought to spend regretting ever having written such a boring, useless passage). As you're reading, circle adjectives and strong words that indicate the author's tone. To glean the author's attitude toward the subject, make note of how the author uses diction, sentence syntax, and imagery.
Type 5: Vocabulary-in-Context
1. The word "obtrusive" is used line 12 to mean...
2. The phrase "underlying themes" (line 7) refers to the
3. Which of the following best captures the meaning of the word "alliance" in line 32?
Don't give up if you don't know the word; you are supposed to figure it out from the context. Also, be careful-it probably isn't the most common definition of the word.
Treat these vocabulary-in context questions as you would sentence completion. It might help you plug all the answer choices into the sentence from the passage and see which one best replaces the given word or phrase.
Type 6: Comparison (Only on the Double Passage)
1. Which statement from Passage 1 does not have a parallel idea in Passage 2?
2. How would the author of Passage 1 respond to the idea of the "crazy spoons" in passage 2?
3. Which statement is best supported by the two passages?
Think back to whether the passages are generally agreeing or disagreeing, and think about how their main ideas relate to each other. Chances are, the specifics follow the general trends.
Type 1: Almost-Normal Words
Words that you would encounter in the course of doing your homework, listening or articulate people, or watching TV.
Ex: If you saw the movie The Wizard of Oz, you heard the word pusillanimous.
Type 2: Decodable Words
Unusual words that they don't except you to know offhand but that you can figure out if you are clever.
Example: The word decodable is a decodable word. You could decode it like this:
"de"=take out; remorse
"code"=words or symbols with secret meanings
+"able"=capable of being
decodable= capable of being taken out of its secret meaning
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