How can I say focused when reading?

<p>This may sound obscure, but I seem to get carried away in thought while reading. I.e. "what did I just read" or thoughts about how I'll do on the SAT and where my score will allow me to go. I used to be an avid reader in middle school, but all of that stopped after entering high school. My focus is easily broken while reading. Any tips on how I can change this? I've noticed that I can answer most of the questions correctly if I slowly read through the passages, which would take me more than the allotted time. I have like 3 weeks before the SAT. Help a worried senior?</p>

<p>Don't read the whole passage. It will disrupt your concentration. Instead, read a paragraph and rest to answer questions. Doing that helped me, but I am not sure if it will help you</p>

<p>Yeah, Over2100 makes a good point. I did the same on my test, and it helped me get over my initial jitters when I started the CR section.</p>

<p>I also like to underline and circle things, writing in the margins if necessary to keep my concentration on the line at hand.</p>

<p>Practice reading dry, boring articles every day between now and the test. You can find them in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, the Economist, Scientific American, etc. Work on your focus through each one.</p>

<p>After each paragraph, write a 2 or 3 word summary next to it. This gives you a simple task to stay focused on through each paragraph and will really help when you go to the questions.</p>

<p>Underlining simple sentences is fine, but if you underline a complex sentence, you often have to reread it 2 or 3 times when you come back to it. That's why I like short summaries so much more. I do underline clue words that hint at the author's attitude, like "unfortunately" or "amazing" or "ridiculous." When I get done with the passage, a quick glance at these words can reveal the overall tone.</p>

<p>really good advice from PSVicki
actually can u share more about how you tackle the reading part in details???</p>