English is my second language. Also, Myanmar has only recently been free from the military dictatorship that has left the country isolated for more than five decades. It is not surprising that I was not taught to enjoy reading in English from an early age.
That said, I would love if you could recommend me some of your favorite novels and authors. I look forward to conversing with you further about reading or of any topic of interest. From a fast changing Yangon, Patrick Liu P. Call me crazy, but I just read about you and your career as a voice actor.
People here, including me, are not so much exposed to the American movie industry. However, I do know Bugs Bunny and trust me, you are one hell of a character. Hey Patrick, Thank you. I really appreciate your note. Also, you write very well. You ask some great questions. First of all, let me say that I might not be the best person to ask about reading fiction.
I have no idea why that works, but sometimes it does. The other important thing I can share with you for reading fiction is to consciously imagine what the author is saying. We all do this unconsciously when we like a book and can understand it pretty well, but when a book is challenging for you, consciously imagining it can make it easier to understand.
My favorite novels of all time are two that I first read in high school: I wish I was the voice of Bugs Bunny though. That would be awesome! Hi Karim, The first thing you should do is not select answers randomly. Next, I have a question for you. Are you a native English speaker? If not, honestly ask yourself how well you understand written English.
The next thing you should do is to practice reading a lot. There are a ton of official practice SATs on scribd. For each paragraph, write a sentence about what the author is trying to say. You can also do this for op-eds in a well written English language newspaper, such as the NY Times or Wall Street Journal, or go to this site: That should get you started.
You can also check out my other site, http: I read your tips on how to improve, but sometimes I have trouble finding the main idea on the long CR passages. Do you have any tips on how to quickly and effectively find the main idea?
And also, should I read the passages before i answer the questions, or read along as I go through the questions? My parents want me to score above by my junior year. The second video shows how to find the main idea. In the meantime, think of it this way: The main idea is the big picture. Look for big general statements that the author makes that seem to sum up his point. The overwhelming majority of people should read the passages before answering the questions.
Hi Mary, My best suggestion is in this post. The concept that I talk about here, which is to focus on the main idea of the passage and not get caught up in the details while you read is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your CR score. So watch for that. And feel free to write again with specific questions that come up. Hi Jeff, I have been studying for over 4 months for the June SAT, and while my score has gone up in the math and writing sections and respectively , my CR score has remained fairly constant at a about Can you give me some last minute tips.
I would also appreciate it if you would give me some examples that I should read for the essay. Hi Sambhav, The method I describe in this blog post is the biggest thing you can do to raise your CR score, especially when the test is coming up soon. Using this method lets you maximize your understanding of American style English, and keeps you from getting bogged down by words and phrases that you might not understand. Keep in mind that everything the author does is meant to support his main idea, and lead you as the reader to understanding or agreeing with it.
You should also check out my blog posts about the sentence completions: Here are the links to some posts about the essay: Finally, if you do this test: This is extremely helpful for learning what the College Board expects on the essay. I can do any thing to get a high score , please i want your advice thanks. It means a lot to me. I could give you more specific advice if I knew how it was going for you now. Take whatever time you need to finish it.
However, mark everything that you answer before the 25 minutes are up, and note how much time it takes you finish the whole section. Then you can come back to the ones you skipped afterwards.
If you can currently answer 18 questions correctly, then treat the CR section as though you have 25 minutes to answer 18 questions rather than That gives you enough time to correctly answer the ones you are able to correctly answer, rather than rush through them and possibly get them wrong because you were rushing. I do not know why but I cannot find myself with ample time to do those last parts effectively. I find myself simply skimming the last paragraphs of the passages and then ticking some abrupt answer.
Please help me out. First of all, are you getting all of the other questions right before those last few? If you are, you might be doing pretty much what you should be doing.
Now, if you are getting some of the earlier questions wrong, then you want to develop a sense of when a question is harder for you than most, and when a question is taking more time than most. You want to be able to recognize those questions as quickly as possible and skip them, so that you get to the other questions that you might be able to answer correctly if you have the time.
The bigger picture thing to do is to keep the tip in this post; read for the main idea rather than the details. I would like to complete it and see how many I get wrong. Hi Jeff, I would like to thank you for all the great efforts you are doing to help us as students. I am an international student, I have been off school since very long time. My goal is to get a on each section. I am motivated, but what are your suggestions? I still have 9 full lenght practice tests from the book to do untill May 3.
Also, look at the sentence completion posts on this blog for my best suggestions about how to handle that part of the Critical Reading section. My first trial was in Dec 7 last year ,but i got which is worst score.
Do U have any advice to get higher in math, writing ,and reading in same month?? I have 12 hours free I can learn in these hours. You might do it, but I would suggest that you put in at least 8 hours each week, and aim for 50 or more points higher in each section.
I have a huge problem with CR. Do you have any advice how to solve that problem? Hi Evelina, Great job on the Math sections. This post is my best advice in a nutshell. You might also check out the posts about sentence completions if you need help with them. Sometimes I struggle to get the main idea of the passage because the passage switches in a strange way but I cannot find the connection. Or any tips to get main ideas better? Hi Sheldy, You might think of the main idea this way.
Let me know what you need help with and what form would be most helpful meaning a video course, an ebook, just exchanging emails, a class, whatever. This page is the most helpful one, and you should also look at this one about the sentence completions.
Hey, I am applying for the SAT exam in 2 months or so, and I need to succeed in order to be accepted in the university, please give me some tips or anything that can help me because I am new for this type of exams. Hi Hasan, This really is the most important critical reading tip.
Read it over and practice until you understand it and can apply it yourself. Then write back to me again and let me know how it goes. Try that and let me know how it works. Hi Jeff, Is it better to read the whole passage before answering the questions, or is it okay to read according to the questions? Hi Ivy, Most people should read the whole passage first. You can get a pretty good score reading according to the questions, but there are some questions that are much harder to answer if you do that.
So i was scrolling down and reading the questions asked and your replies and they helped me, but i have one more question, im applying for the sat on dec 7, which is like after 6 days. That was all i guess, thankyouu! Hi Lara, Have you read these posts about the sentence completions? Hi, I just moved to U. S 1 year ago and I did my best to get a good SAT score so as to be able to join the good colleges.
My main problem I think is vocabs. At a certain point there are no more shortcuts. Keep working at this and do your best. Then wherever you go to college, do your best there and follow wherever that path leads you. I have a lot of respect for you coming to a new country where the language is not your native language, and I wish you the best of luck with everything.
Hi, I have my sat on 7th December, my current high score is in CR , I want at least but strangely in my last 2 attempts my score was lower. I checked that while doing normally my most answers were correct but while being timed , many were wrong. I just have 20 days and I want to raise my scores: Timing can make some people a little bit tense, which lowers our critical thinking and reasoning ability.
I encountered the same thing when studying for the LSAT a few years back. This is what worked for me: I practiced just by casually noticing my start time and end time, but not really timing myself with a stopwatch or timer. I gained confidence that I always did well in the allotted time. Then I started timing myself. That way, I got used to that nervous feeling and it no longer had such a big effect on me. The scientific term for that is progressive desensitization.
Try it and let me know what you think. My exam is on the 2nd of November. Could you please reply before that? Hi Rhea, I can think of two possibilities. The most likely is that you sometimes overthink a question or second guess your gut answer. What you want to think about is which answers are definitely wrong, and of the remaining answers usually there are only 2 which are even possibilities , which one is better.
Also keep in mind that your own interpretation of the passage should never come into play. The method I suggest in this post is the best method for the large majority of people. The method your friend uses helps some people, especially if they have a hard time paying attention through the entire passage. Try them both and see what works best for you. This video shows how to figure out the main idea of a reading passage in an SAT that was given a few years ago: These videos show you how to use the main idea to help answer almost all of the questions correctly.
Hey I have the sat coming up in December and my critical reading score are not improving. I have a hard time understanding what the main idea or details of the passages are and I always feel rushed on time. How do you suggest that I approach the critical reading section?
How should I prep for it without a tutor or a class? And approximately how many questions can I get right or wrong. When you get questions wrong, see if you can figure out why the correct answer is better than the one you chose.
As far as feeling rushed, you probably have an idea of which questions are harder for you and therefore taking longer. If you are, you should skip them, so you make sure you have time to answer the questions you have a better chance on. What I do is read a paragraph and answer the corresponding questions, then read another and then answer its questions, etc. Hi Shiri, The method I recommend in this post is the thing you might change.
Any advice for me, which part should i spend more time to improve ,sentence completion or passage reading? And i also already spent a year on preparing for SAT. Getting 12 or 19 sentence completions right and a CR score of indicates that you should probably focus on the passages.
This post shows you the single most important thing that can make the biggest difference in your score. Practice finding and using the main idea as much as you can. As for freaking out about the time limit, you probably know which questions are harder for you and taking more time than usual. That means you should skip those questions and focus on answering the ones that are easier for you.
That will help with the time issue. My thoughts always stray. Any tips on how to improve my concentration and ow to tackle inference questions? Hi Ifeanyi, Improving your concentration just takes practice. You have more control over your thoughts than you think. As for the inference questions, find what the author is directly stating and think about what that implies. The answer closes to that will be the correct answer.
Good post though, but I would like to know how I can be able to read a whole long passage in such a small period of time.
I mean, the time is very short and its quite uneasy to read the whole long boring essay and answer questions within a short time. Sometimes, the whole timing makes me rush through the whole critical reading section. Is there any way I can slow down and answer each questions within the given time without making any errors?
You have to trust your gut. If there are any questions you can answer with a reasonably educated guess, you should probably give it a shot.
I am confused about 1 thing. I practiced from Barrons book and one time there were two different contradictory ideas in 2 adjacent paragraphs. Line reference was from one paragraph, but the answer came from the other.
You should only use official college board material. I have my SAT exam in october and this section is really a hell to me! May u help me out? Berman, I would just like to know what I can do to really fix my problem with paying attention to all of the little details and not getting into the general mean idea I can never really understand the main idea without reading every word completely. Do you know anytips that can help me to be able to understand just the essential part of the passage?
Everything in the passage is either some new information that adds to the point that the author is making, or details and examples that support that new point.
So you have to read every word. Bergman, Should I read the paragraph and answer the questions related to that specific paragraph, or I need to read the whole passage and answer the questions all together? Most people should read the whole passage first. If your mind keeps drifting off, answering each question as you get to it will help keep you focused. However, doing it that way will make some of the questions harder, so you only want to do that if you really, really have trouble focusing.
I am currently around a critical reading level. For some reason I always miss 1 or 2 questions from stupid mistakes. How do I stop overthinking these problems? One of the answers is always better than the others for a specific reason, and the others are wrong for a specific reason.
Now, are you talking about the sentence completions or the reading passages? I scored on my math and on my writing need to improve my essay too and just on my critical reading. My vocab is weak as well. Hi Sahil, My best advice for the Critical Writing section is in this post, and in my posts about the sentence completions, here and here.
I also have posts about the Essay here and here. You also might want to check out my Study Guide. First I thank you for posting all these tips for us SAT takers. This is first time for me to take the SAT and i am very nervous and curious of how well i will do on this most important test in my life.
Do you think it is possible for me to improve at this short amount of time? Is it better to skip questions that you are not sure of or give it a best guess? And I am not born in U. This is the 5th year of me living in here.
My best Critical Reading section advice is in this post, and the posts about the Sentence Completions, here and here. Do i need to know any details in particular? Like about the subject being discussed? Im really nervous about my SAT score. Im giving my SAT for the first time. Well, you have to know the subject being discussed.
Do you know how i could make this a ? I hope to have that stuff up on the blog some time soon, but no promises. If so, feel free to email me with specific examples. Hey Nahian, For the double passages, read the very beginning part in italics and the first passage first, and then answer only the questions that are about the first passage. Then read the second passage and answer the rest of the questions. Hi, i took the sat exam on January 26 Unfortunately, I got a really bad score on my critical reading, which was a I need some tips how to tackle the sentence completion and the longer passages.
Hi, Jeff, I am really frustrated in my critical reading score. I strongly need help. My goal is to have a score of or higher on the CR section. Please help me in some way to increase my score. Thanks I really appreciate it. Also read my posts on how to do the sentence completions. Hey Jeff, Thank you sooo much for this article. All I did was read all of the questions and answers on you blog, and went according to it. It worked big time! Great work Jeff, and I heartily thank you!
And thank you for your note. My educated guess is that you have a pretty good chance. My best advice is to contact their admissions offices. I always find myself stuck between two choices both of which seem equally likely. Also i am unable to manage my time and in a rush i tend to answer incorrectly. So when you get down to two choices, you want to ask yourself which one is the better answer. Usually you can ask yourself which one is more in line with the main idea of the passage.
Also, I know a lot of vocab already but still get about 3 wrong on the whole test, is there anything i can do to perfect it? And in the actual passages, i get about 4 wrong, what can i do to perfect this?
The same is true for all test prep company books. That means that the only thing you can do is to keep studying vocabulary. If you decide to do that, be patient. On the passages themselves, there are a number of things you can look at. Are you getting the first couple of questions for a passage wrong more often than the later ones?
Try as best as you can to pinpoint which question types you get wrong, and why you got the question wrong. Then see if you can understand why the correct answer is correct. I once took my test and i really got low score on my critical reading. I am planing to retake it on Jan Can anyone help me how to get within this remaining time? My previous score was just Please guys help me i am in big trouble.
If you need support and motivation, you could try to find a class near you. You need a lot of improvement fast, so you should seriously consider a tutor if you can. Hello, thanks for posting the tips!! But i have a few questions though When i start by reading the hole passage i usually miss the last few questions and it wastes my time, and if the passage was difficult i space out so any ideas what should i do?
Any tips on how to improve my score because its not improving? So if the first questions references lines 5 — 7, read everything through those lines and answer that question. Then if the next question is about lines , read through those lines and answer that one, etc. Also, try reading a little faster than you think you should, and also make sure not to take too much time on any particular questions.
You want to make sure that you use your time to answer as many questions that you think you can answer. When i practice at home, i get a and i consider it a good score, but in the real test. My highest score till now is Do u have a good process that i could follow to improve my score??
That might account for the lower score when you take it for real. If you are practicing with the right material, then when you take the SAT for real you might be experiencing some anxiety or feeling the pressure of the test, and that may account for the lower score. I have a lot of info about improving your score here on my blog.
If you want something more in depth, you should check out my SAT study guide, here: I always have mistakes in short passages and i got very lucky if one question in this part had been right! In long passages, either i understand the passages correctly and i solve most of them right, either i got confused and everything becomes terrible! I explain how to do it here:. Now, for the reading passages, my best answer is in this blog post.
You have to get the main idea, which is the point that the author is trying to convey. Then use the process of elimination when you answer the questions, and choose the best answer that remains. Do the best you can and honor yourself for your efforts. Thank you for amazing tips. Now that I understand how to work with CR questions, one problem I still have is the vocab-in-context questions.. Is there any tip you have for vocab-in-context questions?
Those kind of passages have no main idea whatsoever 2 I have 3 years until my senior year currently freshmen when I am going to take the actual SAT in the fall. First of all, honor yourself for starting so early. Focus on the process of getting better at this, and also read a lot. Your first question is a good one. Those are all different ways of thinking about the main idea. For your second question, my answer is yes. Follow these methods, read a lot, study vocabulary if you need to, and work on the sentence completions.
My posts about them are here:. The good news is that if you get all of the sentence completions and the short passage questions right, you only need to get a little over half of the long passage questions right to break a Since you got all of those questions right, you obviously read well enough to hit that goal. Just read for the main idea; you want to finish the passage and be able to give a 3 sentence summary. At that point, go back and re-read those lines again.
For example, if a question directs you back to lines , read the passage through those lines and answer that question. If the next question asks about line 23, then continue reading through that line and answer that question, and so on. Here are a couple of tips that might help. If a word or a sentence is giving you trouble, skim through it. Often, if you have an educated guess, some of the questions and answers will help you get a better idea.
Try to answer the questions that are easiest for you first. Sometimes, the harder questions frustrate us and that frustration makes us lose focus, and then the easier questions become harder. Just skip them and move on. You could read until you finish the sentence that those lines are in, then answer that question.
Then read through the lines that the next question asks about, and so on. Also is it wise to skip questions or take a shot?? Those are great questions, Ketaki. The most important thing is to not get stuck. That will kill you. When I approach each passage, I always read the blurb, then go paragraph by paragraph trying to understand all of the details.
But what I was doing was wrong, right? I should simply read the whole passage and get a main idea of the entire passage. Should I annotate the passage in a paragraph by paragraph or something else? And what should the main idea contain exactly? I agree that understanding the main idea and what the author thinks is extremely important, but can you give us more tips on what the main idea should contain EXACTLY? And those are great questions, David. You want to be able to think of the main idea in about 2 or 3 sentences.
The city is an ecosystem, just like a forest is. Those who call cities unnatural, and therefore bad, are wrong. While Douglas and the women leaders sometimes disagreed, they learned from each other and resolved their differences much of the time.
She thinks the suitor is a disgusting oaf. In each case, the main idea and opinion are stated simply, and will help answer many of the questions that follow. My SAT prep tutor taught me to read about half way through a passage and then answer the corresponding questions, assuming the passage is roughly a column length or more. This works for me sometimes, but I really like your idea.
It makes sense to understand the main idea of the topic and play off that to answer the question. Which do you feel is the better method? Also, is there anyway to incorporate both methods? Hi Danny, That approach works sometimes, and I recommend it to kids who have trouble remembering what they read, and kids who space out while they read the passage and waste a lot of valuable time.
What you lose that way, though, is the context and the main idea. Is it best to start with the passage reading section or the sentence-completion section? I was also wondering if you could tutor me in the writing section because I am practising and have nobody to tell me if am doing anything wrong.
If you usually get the first few sentences completions correct, do them first, then skip the rest of the sentences and go to the passages.
I think i had a in the reading section. When i was at my prep i was doing soo well and they predicted a score in the high s. I dont know what went wrong.
I may have panicked and abandoned all my knowledge on the CR section. Anyways, I want to take the test again in October. Im shooting for anything higher than a Id like a in the critical reading. Do you think this is a possible goal? Do you watch football? If you do, have you noticed that the really good quarterbacks run the 2 minute offense like they had all the time in the world? I know that this is easier said than done. First do a reading section untimed, and just note how long it took you.
Then practice again timed. The most important thing to know about the Critical Reading is that there is not an exactly correct answer. If the questions were fill in the blank, you, I, and 10 other people could all write a different, yet correct, answer. In that case, you should cross out the answers that cannot be correct. Then, from the remaining answers, ask yourself which one is better. Also review my tutorials on the blog about the sentence completions to learn how to maximize the vocabulary that you know.
Which means I have over five months to go. I just took a diagnostic test and got a I want to aim for a perfect score. Which books do you suggest I should read? Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Comprehensive Guide to the SAT: SAT prep books used by discerning students and tutors.
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