Writing Question

<p>I am pretty confused on what the best protocol for tackling the improving sentences in the sections that gives the passage is. It is normally the last five questions of the 25 minutes, 35 question writing section.</p>

<p>Normally I just read the entire passage and then answer the questions, and I still finish with about 8-10 minutes left to check all of my work. I do very well on writing as I only miss two or fewer mistakes on the entire writing itself. </p>

<p>Should I just skip to the questions, or I should I read the passage first before answering the questions?</p>

<p>Thanks,</p>

<p>Don't read the passage; skip right to the questions.</p>

<p>If a question does not say "in context" or some variant of that, then the sentence does not want you to read the paragraph. For example, if it asks for the best revision of sentence 7 (and it doesn't say "in context"), then you simply read sentence 7 and you revise it grammatically. If it says "in context," then you read the areas around it accordingly and revise it not only grammatically but also based on everything else. Sometimes there are answer choices that resolve the issue grammatically but not in context--these are wrong. Leave the questions concerning where to move certain sentences (the possible options usually encompass the beginning, the middle AND the end of the passage) and general questions like that to the end.</p>

<p>How about the questions that ask which sentence could be deleted from the passage?</p>

<p>Do those just require reading around the general viscinity of the sentences given as you mentioned?</p>

<p>Well for that section, the questions go in order. So I'll read a bit of the passage and then answer the question that pertains to that, read a bit more and then answer the next question, etc.</p>

<p>I think this is actually the easiest part of the entire exam. Usually the answers are straightforward. But maybe I'm just good at grasping what they're trying to say.</p>

<p>Yeah, I consider the easiest part of the writing section as well. </p>

<p>I was just wondering what is the most time efficient way to go about these questions.</p>

<p>I usually don't check over writing. I budget my time so I can thoroughly check over each question before I move on, and I only go back to questions I really wasn't sure about.</p>

<p>The questions about deleting sentences are based on context as well. You basically have to read the sentences before and after each sentence to see if the sentence is relevant or not. Sometimes you have to know what the passage is generally about as well, because the sentence also has to pertain to the main idea of the passage. It honestly shouldn't be that hard. You should naturally know whether an answer choice is relevant or not; once you see one that is blatantly irrelevant, you know what answer to pick.</p>