*The Essay* *Critical Reading-Passage-Based Reading*

<p>When is it appropriate to use the first person? For example, if the prompt explicitly states "What is your opinion on...," is it alright to use "I?" </p>

<p>Also, I have a lot of trouble with the "reading" bit of the exam. Should I read the entire passage when I am NOT given a line reference? What other tips do you have for acing all of those specific questions?</p>

<p>Thanks in advance.</p>

<p>There's no right or wrong answer. Generally, scholarly essays should be written in third person, while first person should be reserved to describe personal occurrences. When asked "What is your opinion" in a test, it'd be slightly juvenile to respond with "My opinion is that ____ ". However, if you want to answer the question by focusing on personal experience it'd be difficult to avoid first person. </p>

<p>I think that you should always read the entire passage to begin with, and then move on to the questions. After reading the passage, you should be able to answer general questions about it. If you don't remember the answer, you just have to skim until you find out where the answer is. Once you find the correct area, there's little reason to finish reading the passage.</p>