Confusing SAT CR stratigies

<p>Hi.</p>

<p>Some say (like 750+ scorers) underline cited lines first, go through passage, and answer if you like.</p>

<p>Others say (usually Guides like Barrons) that skim through passage and then only go to questions. </p>

<p>The first one takes time and I cant finish in time this way.</p>

<p>So which actually is the best way. I would have tested it myself but I just dont have enough time.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>I don't like either of those methods...</p>

<p>I got an 800, and I answered the questions as I was reading the passage. For example, I would read the first paragraph, and answer the questions that relate to that paragraph. Then, I would read the second paragraph, and answer those questions...and I would just keep going on and on like that. </p>

<p>Then, at the very end, I would have a good sense of what the passage was about. That's when I answered the questions that ask about overall themes/messages/etc</p>

<p>Some strategies might work for you and not work for others. So I advice you to try a couple of ways of answering before sticking to one of them.</p>

<p>It's definitely going to vary based on what works for you. I would advise you to practice and see what works the best. I got an 800 and for me, I read the passage completely for understanding, then went to the questions and just referred back to the passage when needed (pretty straightforward). So just don't over think it.</p>

<p>You have a good month, maybe? Try a different strategy on each CR section you do next time. Personally, because I'm a pretty fast reader, I'll usually plot my questions (put numbers next to where I'm looking at), read the entire article twice, and then go to the questions. But like I said, I finish with usually a lot of time to spare.</p>

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I'll usually plot my questions (put numbers next to where I'm looking at), read the entire article twice,

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are you a scanning device? :P
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I guess, I need to work, different stratigies for different types like double long, double short and others.
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Thank you.</p>

<p>I cannot stand marking up something as I read it - all it does for me is make me focus on finding stuff to underline and break up the passage, so I don't get a good, full picture.
I would just put my pen down and read through each passage in my own time, absorbing it fully and not worrying about the questions.
Then, as I was doing the questions, if one mentioned specific lines, I would reread those lines for some context and stuff. I got a 750.
The point is, do whatever is best for you and whatever feels like the best way to absorb the information to you. Being relaxed helps too.</p>

<p>No, not a scanning device, just like I said, an extremely fast reader. q: A lot of it comes from not so much tripping up over the details when I read, I read it twice to simply get a general gist of what I'm reading/tone/point of the passage/shifts in tone. I save the nit-picky stuff for the actual questions.</p>