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hjlee1992hjlee1992 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
hey guys im taking the SAT in october as a senior.

i did really bad on the critical reading section
my first time i took it, which was in may.
i've been practicing with princeton review and the big book, and i still get a lot of passage based reading questions wrong.

I dont seem to understand why i get these questions wrong.

should i do something different? what tips/advices can you give me on this struggle?
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Replies to: HOW TO IMPROVE ON Passage Based READING?

  • pinkslippinkslip Registered User Posts: 400 Member
    Annotate like crazy. On my first practice test, I scored a 690, and then after annotating I haven't scored less than 770. Read the passage like you're reading a passage for english class or a foreign language class. That means underlining important things and main messages, writing brief 1 sentence summaries in the margins after every paragraph, and jotting down little notes here and there, like why you think the author provided an example and what the author thinks about the subject. On the history based passages, before I even read, I skim the passage for names, and if I recognize one, I will write down the connotations I have with the name and a brief summary of their accomplishments. For instance, if I saw Abraham Lincoln, I would write down president, freed slaves, viewed as hero. And if i was web dubois i would write indirect action, opponent of douglas. Now if you did it like me, your paper will look crazy by the end of the article. Be aware that this is my developed technique, and it may not work for you. I have had friends say that they have gone up or down 100 points since trying my technique. good luck
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,578 Super Moderator
    Pinkslip is onto something - I generally don't actually write the annotations down, but I did do this when taking the CR. And I actually wrote them down during the AP exam in English, which is similar in this regard.

    It may be useful to read the questions first so your annotations are more directed, too. That way you can take notes on things you'll need to answer the questions.
  • NuclearPakistan1NuclearPakistan1 Registered User Posts: 1,285 Senior Member
    Pinkslip hit the bullseye. I haven't taken the SAT, since I am more of an ACT person, but I annotate plenty on my ACT Reading passages and I have not scored below a 32. ( I am a math person too! :/ )
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