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How to Attack the SAT Critical Reading Section Effectively

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Replies to: How to Attack the SAT Critical Reading Section Effectively

  • quequequequequeque Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Noitaraperp when you refer to the "short" passages, are you talking about the small paragraph ones or the semi-long ones? Also what would you do for the questions that has passage 1 & passage 2 and you need to compare the two?
  • sporty04sporty04 Registered User Posts: 525 Member
    noita, before we go about actually practicing the Critical Reading sections in the SAT review books, should we read A LOT of books, magazines, newspaper, etc. (and memorize vocab) for several months first?

    p.s. i'm going to be a junior in September

    also....should we read all of the questions before we read the actual passages and try to figure out the answers while we're reading?

    thanks
  • sporty04sporty04 Registered User Posts: 525 Member
    oops...i didn't realize that 112358 answered my question already...lols....can u still answer that question and the others though b/c i just want to hear what other people think too.
    thanks.
  • NoitaraperpNoitaraperp Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    Yeah I second 112358's advice that you should first take a practice test to know what you're up against before you start reading magazines and newspapers with the intention of improving your CR (you should only do this practice reading if your time until the test is abundant). Your mind will subconsciously develop itself toward the SAT if you take a practice test first and really go over it. Your second question is answered in my article. Btw, I'm loving likalika's signature...
  • NoitaraperpNoitaraperp Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    likalika wrote:
    I insist that my students take AT LEAST one practice test every week. As we know the SAT is about nothing but knowing how to take the SAT.

    I agree with the first part, but not the second. As I also stated in my article, extreme statements are hard to prove and rarely true. I don't believe the SAT is about nothing but knowing how to take it - it (as in SAT CR) requires strong understanding (and empathy) of the author's viewpoint, quickness on your feet as you adjust to various sections and passages, and stamina. Though one might hate the SAT, one shouldn't unnecessarily demean it - the ACT is available as well. It's probably my personal bias that I find complaining counter-productive (not that likalika is complaining, but I'm just saying).
  • MaoMao Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    "Do you know that there are only about 150 words that have appeared with continuing frequency over the last 9 years?"

    Mrs. Kay, where could I find this list? Is it parallel to the "high frequency" list offered by Barrons, or Sparknotes, etc.?
  • NoitaraperpNoitaraperp Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    direct hits has such a list
  • quequequequequeque Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Noitaraperp when you refer to the "short" passages, are you talking about the small paragraph ones or the semi-long ones? Also what would you do for the questions that has passage 1 & passage 2 and you need to compare the two?
  • sporty04sporty04 Registered User Posts: 525 Member
    this might seem kinda off topic but...
    in order to improve the SAT math section, do you just have to continuously take the math practice tests from the review books from Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barrons, etc.
    or....
    should we practice with the Barrons math workbook for the New SAT and other math workbooks, along with practice tests from review books?

    Thanks.
  • jubilantjubilant Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Learn the concepts and practice only on questions from BB
  • orange peelorange peel Registered User Posts: 647 Member
    to any of u who got an 800 in any of the sections on the real test, what was the highest u scored on a practice test in wat book. and wat were u scoring consistently right b4
  • NoitaraperpNoitaraperp Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    quequeque wrote:
    Noitaraperp when you refer to the "short" passages, are you talking about the small paragraph ones or the semi-long ones? Also what would you do for the questions that has passage 1 & passage 2 and you need to compare the two?

    I was talking about the small paragraph ones. The semi-long ones I consider long passages because you have to utilize the same strategies (I call the semi-long section a 6-9, because its two passages with six and nine questions). That reminds me that you should understand the mold of each CR section. There's are three basic molds that you see the most in one SAT (if my memory is correct):

    8 completion - 4 small p - 12 long p (25min)
    5 completion - 4 small p - 6 long p - 9 long p (25min)
    6 completion - 13 double p (20 min)

    There are some variations on this, but this is mostly what you will encounter. For the long paired passages, as I explained, the method is very useful because it helps you tackle a passage that looks daunting. Go through passage 1, answering the questions as you go, and when you finish, attack the general passage 1 questions. Go through passage 2, answering the questions as you go, and when you finish, attack the general passage 2 questions. Then you can attack the questions concerning both and I usually find it's not too hard to keep tabs on everything.

    One last note, since those passage types reminded me. It always feels more approachable when handing a "5 completion - 4 small p - 6 long p - 9 long p (25min)" section to go attack the 9 question passage before the 6 question one. Get the harder one out of the way. Afterwards, it's much smoother sailing and you're more confident and relaxed. Remember that the 6 long p and the 9 long p can be in either order, so sometimes you'll have to skip, and other times you won't.
  • motivated_101motivated_101 Registered User Posts: 750 Member
    thanks for that post noitaprep. I was wondering how I could start cutting down on my time for the cr

    thanks
  • NiubilityNiubility Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    awesome guide! It immediately helped me
    been bothered about how to tackle CR for a long time,
    so thx Noitara!!!

    one question tho, any chance you be talking about Grammar(Writing @_@) section soon?
    I find I know most the possible errors, but still I get tons wrong when practicing... just can't really remember them by heart.
    Is a lot of practice(say 30 wring sections) gonna help? Or should I focus on comprehending the problem etc.?
  • orange peelorange peel Registered User Posts: 647 Member
    noita, some1 can u answer my question
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