Improving CR score on SAT

<p>So i took the December SAT and I was not happy with my CR reading score. It was my lowest score actually. </p>

<p>I understand that everyone has a different approach when it comes to this section but could you explain the strategy that works for you?</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<p>I realized the difference between making 4-6 mistakes per section, and making 1-3 mistakes per section. The difference is as following:</p>

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<li><p>Coming up with your own answer before looking at the answer choices. Never, I repeat, never attempt to solve a question without having at least a vague idea of a word that should be in your answer choice, even in inferences. If you don't, you're going to fall for the eye catchers and make a wrong choice.</p></li>
<li><p>Reading critically, aka reading actively. What this means, is that I never read the passages without reading the question related to the portion of that passage. Like for example: I'm doing a long passage, and the first question states "The first paragraph of the passage primarily focuses on". I read the question, and I start reading the first paragraph, trying to figure out the answer for the question. Once I read the paragraph, I quickly come up with my own vague image of the answer, and evaluate the answer choices, then choose the closest one.</p></li>
<li><p>For vocab, honestly, I found this portion of CR to be a breeze after reading and memorizing Direct Hits I & II. They're a must. Memorize them, and you'll probably never have trouble with the sentence completions again.</p></li>
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<p>This may help you, and it may not, but I know it helped me move from 6 mistakes per section, to about 2 or 3.</p>

<p>PS what's your reading score? :)</p>

<p>My score is a 650=/</p>

<p>I really hope to improve this. Honestly I think I just need to change my strategy and practice. I definitely agree with you on the "think before you peak" strategy (thought this is sometimes difficult)=p</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>