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• 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

• Dual Short Passages

 Dual passages

 Dual short passages (4 Questions)  1 on passage (A)  1 on passage (B)  2 on both (A) and (B)

• Dual Long Passage

 Dual long passages (12 Questions)  4 on passage (A)  4 on passage (B)  4 on both (A) and (B)

• Dual Passages  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

-Mentioned lines


-(line 10)

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

Long Questions 

Lines 20-38

Dual Questions 

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.”

• 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.

• When a question doesn't have a line reference, refer to the questions just before and after, and look for line reference there. • 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.

Critical Reading