Graduating soon, but looking back, I wonder...
I'm in Grade 12, and I'll be graduating soon (well, relatively soon). I'm already done with all subjects, APs, college applications, you name it. However, there is this one part that I just can't get out of my mind. My last SAT I trial was in January (I definitely don't plan on taking it again), and I ended with a 2270. Not so bad from the outside, but, when I break it down, it goes like this: 800 M, 790 WR, and 680 CR. I'm really happy with my score and all, and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be accepted into my dream university. However, I always ask myself, why was I never able to bring my Critical Reading score up? I had done dozens of real SAT exams, along with non-real exams. It really helped me shoot my math score from a 600 or 650 all the way to an 800. It also rocketed my Writing score from a 600 to a 790, after a lot of work with multiple choice questions as well as my essay. On the other hand, no matter WHAT I did with CR, it just never budged. I memorized vocab lists, including Direct Hits V1 + V2, and it did help with sentence completions and all. However, my starting score was somewhere around 550, and on my last (third) trial I ended up with a 680. I did everything possible, I read books, I did countless exams, I memorized vocab, I worked on my mentality and attitude..you name it, I did it. What did I end up with though? A 680. I'm satisfied though with my overall score, but just can't seem to wrap my mind around this. So I've come to this (probably inaccurate) conclusion:
Your Critical Reading score is most directly related to your level of IQ, and English. Hours of study and practice may help, but only so far. It ultimately depends on your innate ability to comprehend complex topics, and be able to see/infer these points that do not come so easily to other people. Ultimately, Critical Reading is an SAT subject that can be very mildly improved in, by a maximum of 100 points or so.
What do you guys think?