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I can't seem to improve on this stinking section no matter how hard i try. My score did go up from a 450 -> 540, but it seems that i can't improve anymore. it just keeps getting stuck in the 550s level. People keep saying that over time you will improve, just practice more, use "devil's advocate" as stated in Noitaperp's CR method guide.
But, however, none of this advice seems to be working at all. I've tried multiple methods, but skimming the passages is definietly not an option for me. I'm a very thorough and comprehensive person. If I don't understand one part of the passage in the beginning, the ambiguity carries on thoroughout the rest of the passage I read.
This is what gets me tied up... Some people just skim the questinos, underline, do the stuff and answer. EASY. piece of cake. But I have an inclination to understand every part of the passage. Even if its just 1 word. people tell me to "skip" it because it won't affect your overview of the passage very much since "It's just a sentence out of 900+ other words."
Even when i'm doing CR sentence completions in my prep homework, and i'm at home using a dictionary, I still have trouble understanding which answer choice is the best even if I looked up every word in the problem. Same goes for the passages, there are so many ambigous parts! My teacher tells me to "interpret and imagine" what the author is saying. break it down into simple details because that's what the questions will ask for, something straightforward, and nothing else.
But i still can't seem to plow through all the junk and soot that the college board throws in my face. I can't comprehend such complex sentences, especially when they're mixed up with some fancy words, which makes it even more difficult, despite the fact that the sentences are ALREADY hard even if they dummy down the vocab.
is there anyone out there that feels the same way as I do? I just feel like CR is just a natural thing, its a "you get it" or "you don't". if there's any way to improve other than the typical advice i can find in prep books... please tell me... i will thank you forever....