1. Look at all the passages first and choose the one that you feel is easiest/interests you. Do that passage first.
2. Scan all the questions on that passage before reading the passage. This will give you a better idea of what to focus on when reading the passage.
3. Identify the more specific questions i.e. questions that have line numbers and ones which ask about specific things in parts of the passage and not the passage as a whole. Write a number “1” beside each of these questions to remind you to answer these ones first. The remaining questions about the passage as a whole, more general questions, mark with a number “2”
4. Map the questions to the passage
Underline the lead words (specific details) in the each of the questions which don’t have line numbers. Then scan the passage and underline those same lead words in the passage.
5. Read the excerpt which comes before passage to find out where passage came from. Background
6. Skim passage using your index and middle under each line as you read it. This will help you stay focused as you read.
7. Underline the first sentence (topic sentence) of each paragraph as you read. This sentence will give you an overview of the paragraph, what paragraph is about
8. Circle transition words as you read. Words like “But” “Although” “Yet” words that create a contrast, contradiction or argument. This will give you an idea if there are opposing views.
9. Draw Smiley or Sad faces beside each paragraph to indicate tone/feel of the passage.
10. Once you skimmed the passage, now look at the questions which you have marked with a “1” first.
11. Rephrase the question to better fully understand it. Change it in to a how, what, or why question.
12. Look back at the passage where the lead words in the questions are underlined in passage. Read the paragraph they appear in.
13. Think of what answer you would give to the question before looking at the answer choices. Then look at the answer choices immediately eliminating the answers which aren’t similar to your answer you created in your head. Also, eliminate answers which have extreme words in them like “never” “always” “everyone”. In addition, you can sometimes figure out if the answer is going to be a positive or negative one. So, you if are looking for something positive them eliminate all the negative and neutral answers. Then choose the answer which is most like your answer.
14. There is no penalty for guessing so if you run out of time just Mark “C” for all the answers you didn’t get to. Choose the same letter for each answer. That way there is a higher probability that you will guess right on the answers. Example if you mark C for 3 answers chances are you will guess right on at least one of the three.