• Types of Passages • Solo Short Passage
Length of Passages Solo Short passage 10 Lines 2 questions
Solo Long Passage
Solo Long passage 50-80 Lines 8-13 questions
â€˘ Dual Short Passages
Dual short passages (4 Questions) 1 on passage (A) 1 on passage (B) 2 on both (A) and (B)
â€˘ Dual Long Passage
Dual long passages (12 Questions) 4 on passage (A) 4 on passage (B) 4 on both (A) and (B)
â€˘ Dual Passages ď‚§ If you have a dual reading passage, read passage one first, answer the questions about it, then move on to passage two.
Long Passages Questions to Answer Words
in context (line 20 )
-Main idea - purpose
Figure of Speech
Long Passages Questions to Skip Attitude Tone
sarcastic – neutral – subjective objective
Implied imply – suggest – infer – convey – deduce information Technique
Irony – sarcasm – Rhetorical - caricature
In the second paragraph Writer (Passage 1 & Passage 2 )
• Figures of Speech • Simile → comparison ( as – like ) • Life is like a wing-broken bird. • Metaphor → comparison ( as – like ) • My dream is flying high. • Personification → non-living → living • “ My heart cried to the moon.”
â€˘ Types of Passage
Point of View
Answering a Question
• Underlining Underline the key word in each sentence you read Underlining improves your attention Underlining helps you locate important information quickly Underlining saves you time rereading for the answers Underlining prevents you from answering with your own opinion • (Remember: always draw your information from the text, not from your own speculation)
Say your answer FIRST Test takers include many questions that "sound" right but really aren't right. When you read a question, think of your answer before you read the choices. This way, you can find the answer both easily and quickly.
• General Tips • The Critical reading Passages are arranged in roughly chronological order. • In other words, the first question is about the beginning of the passage, and the last question is about the end of the passage. • This means that the questions are not graded in difficulty.
â€˘ When a question doesn't have a line reference, refer to the questions just before and after, and look for line reference there. â€˘ Don't depend on background information or information that is not stated in the passage.
• If two answers seem correct, the less general or less exclusive answer is more likely to be right. • Don't read too fast or too slowly; read smart. • Let your fingers help you read; sweep them smoothly across the page to guide and focus your eyes on the words next to your finger.
• Avoid "Automatic Pilot" reading, i.e., your eyes are moving along but your mind doesn't process information. • If this happens, go back to where you left off, and re-read normally. • Sit up straight and lean slightly forward as you read. This keeps your brain in "alert" mode so it is easier to focus.
• Final Word Preparing for the Critical Reading Section is similar to preparing to a marathon work hard and constantly to achieve the best results. You need to answer six questions correctly-after deducting wrong answers. This requires HARD WORK.