Quick Tip #2
Nothing is Important (Until you’re asked)
No, the Higher Learning crew isn’t a bunch of nihilists. In fact, we believe pizza is very, very important. And of course, if you’re reading this, then we both believe your SAT or ACT score is important.
However, if you’re trying to raise reading comprehension score on either exam, or if you’re trying to raise your ACT science score, or both, your new mantra should be…
“Nothing is important until they ask me about it.”
Whether you’re studying for the reading section on either the SAT and ACT, or the science section of the ACT, remember that the test is loaded with extra information. There’s no way the test makers can ask you about every detail of a passage, or every nuance of an experiment. So, why would you spend valuable time reading through the whole thing?
Actively skim the information you’ve been given, and get your bearings. Don’t worry if every detail isn’t clear. Once you’re sure what each question is asking for, go back and locate the important part of the passage, and then look closely at the pertinent information. At this point, it’s important to answer the question in your own words. If you’re not sure, read the question, and the important stuff in the passage again. Once you’re sure how you would answer the question in your own words, compare it to the answer choices you’ve been given. Using process of elimination you can usually figure out the best answer, even if it’s not exactly what you had in mind.
So there you have it. Nothing is important until you’ve been asked about it. After years of hearing all the crazy strategies students have picked up from Kaplan or Princeton Review, or just from school, we here at Higher Learning felt the need to set the record straight: Don’t get bogged down in the minutia of each passage. (Minutia is a great SAT word, so look it up if you don’t know it!) Skim to get your bearings, and zero in on the important stuff to answer each question.
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