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Reading news articles for CR

optimusldroptimusldr Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited July 2008 in SAT Preparation
I know that reading newspapers helps to improve the critical reading section. What I wanted to know, was how? And If the point is just to read articles on varying topics, or to analyze the articles, looking for main ideas?
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Replies to: Reading news articles for CR

  • dchow08dchow08 Registered User Posts: 3,267 Senior Member
    The purpose is to become a better reader and to become more used to reading passages that you'll see on the SAT. Doesn't necessarily have to be newspapers, it's the fact that you're reading more that's important. Harry Potter doesn't count though. Generally when you read newspaper or magazine articles or even literature, you're constantly analyzing the text (do I agree? what's this person trying to say? what tone is he/she using?) and if all that is second-hand nature, you should do better on the reading section because you'll be a better reader. There are no quick fixes on the verbal section, my friend.
  • highopeshighopes Registered User Posts: 1,581 Senior Member
    ^ I'd say even Harry Potter is better than nothing, especially if the OP's problem is not reading fast enough. Just read anything and everything you can get your hands on, and you'll become a faster, more efficient reader, and be subconsciously analyzing what you read.
  • the_hitch_hikerthe_hitch_hiker Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    Yes, and to overcome some basic problems that come when you're out of touch with reading like oh-too-many-teens. The CR texts have some abstract ideas so reading a mixed bag of texts help you prepare for that. Try increasing the difficulty level as you progress by reading more difficult articles :D
  • lolcats4lolcats4 Registered User Posts: 3,203 Senior Member
    Some Alexandre Dumas would do the trick...the Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte Cristo are favorites of mine :)
  • TTwhiteTTwhite Registered User Posts: 750 Member
    Wow.. dont remind me about Dumas... had to read Count for summer reading for 10th grade. Unabridged. then I moved, so i didn't take a test on it or anything. DAS6565DAS lol
  • lolcats4lolcats4 Registered User Posts: 3,203 Senior Member
    Don't insult my favorite piece of literature of all time :(
  • legend.draculalegend.dracula Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    I try this but I find reading articles or newspaper is extremely boring if you read Time or NY Times.
    But I have to continue though, the best way to improve CR :|
  • TTwhiteTTwhite Registered User Posts: 750 Member
    haha. if you cant keep concentration its not worth it (imo). don't want to lose focus on the test. I Would say read something interesting, that has some critical thinking involved. something nonfiction.
  • legend.draculalegend.dracula Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    of course nonfiction but it's like tough to read if you read well-written articles
    obviously in a 5-6 paragraph article I encounter many new vocab but idk how many i get :|
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