<p>Look here:
Math: 720
Chemistry: 770
Math II: 770
Critical reading: 590<<<<<<<------------- You see an outlier?????????</p>

<p>I've tried everything. The vocab is not a problem, I two or three. The passages are. I act interested, mark up line references, and do devil's advocate. Somehow, I still find myself choosing the second best answer. It's not that I can't understand the passages, but choosing among the answer choices is the death of me.</p>

<p>I'm trying something extreme: I'm going to cover up the answer choices on passage questions and try to "guess" the right answer? Does that help?</p>

<p>My critical reading score is going to be the reason why I won't go to college.</p>

<p>Supposedly that does help.
You are supposed to come up with the answer and then look at the choices.
I've never done that myself and got a 700 last test. Looking for a 730-750 on the scores coming out next week.</p>

<p>^so what do you suggest? anyone?</p>

<p>Umm, practice reading difficult text? That's the most basic strategy I can give you.</p>

<p>If you're having trouble between answer choices, once you narrow it down to two, stop looking at the question, look at the answers. Remember, there are four wrong answers and only one right one. Look for the word or words that disqualifies an answer because it might be too much of something or not talking about enough of something else. If you maybe compare the answers against each other, it might make it easier to spot?</p>

<p>Also, try to stay away from the two common 'mistake' answers: correct statements that don't answer the question, and answers that are too extreme in some day (too hateful, too nice, or just not neutral enough for the overall tone of the SAT).</p>

<p>And go with your best (and first) instinct. It's usually correct.</p>

<p>There are no tips that work for everyone. What you need to do is practice. Practice, and review answers. In order to improve I did a few reading passages with my dad every night, and we would answer the questions together. Then he would explain to me anything I didn't understand. It's simple, but it works. I went from a 530 to a 680.</p>

<p>Did you check out xiggis guide in the cc sat section? It's super helpful!!! First read throuh he passages and answe te questions with noontime constraint. Then add the time component. I followed collegeboard an xiggis guides and my score went from 600 to 780 :)</p>

<p>^that's CRAZY. you went from a ~78percentile to 99+percentile. i wish i could do that ;)</p>

<p>I was you, but with a worse CR score. </p>

<p>Here's what I did. I took CR sections UNTIMED. As in, I took 45-60 minutes per each CR section. I should have taken more. What you do is ABSORB the passages. Read the passages multiple times. Look at questions carefully. Study the nuances. Find EVIDENCE. The hard questions have very subtle evidence; after reading the passages and truly understanding them via unlimited times you will pick up on these clues. You won't improve your CR score if time prevents you from understanding the concepts. You can't cram this; work diligently. It's painful but you have to do it. </p>

<p>I went from 480 CR in 9th grade to 800 in 12th</p>

<p>I heard Barrons 2400 is great for CR, I have it but I never got to read the reading section. </p>

<p>Here is basically plain and simple the key to getting an 800.
(optional) read the critical reading guides on this forum, they help for giving you ideas, as you take practice tests you tend to forge your own strategy.</p>

<p>Direct Hits for vocab is a must.</p>

<p>Practice tests. What I'm going to say now, you have to trust me, and it will work.</p>

<p>After a few practice tests, the number varies for people for me it was 4 or 5, EVERYTHING JUST CLICKS. You just start understanding the reading section. I know it sounds crazy but it's true. </p>

<p>I was scoring 640, 650, 620, 610 in that order on practice tests, the last 2 being from Grubers. I was about to give up but I took a BB test and 730 reading. I took ANOTHER because I couldn't believe it and got I think if I remember correctly 690. Ended up getting a 720 on the real thing.</p>

<p>Get through at least 10 practice tests and BB and you will DEFINITELY be scoring above 700, if not 800.</p>