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Running out of time on SAT reading—help?

I've been having trouble with time management on the SAT reading section. I always seem to run out of time before finishing all the questions. Any advice on how to stop this from happening? What strategies worked for you guys?

7 months ago

I understand how frustrating it can be to run out of time in the SAT reading section. Here are some tips to help you improve your time management:

1. Skim the text first: Before digging into the questions, skim the passage to get the gist of what it's about. Pay attention to the introduction, headings, and conclusion as they tend to contain crucial information. This will help you navigate the passage more efficiently when answering the questions.

2. Prioritize the questions: Each passage typically has a few main point questions and some detail-oriented questions. Try answering the main point questions first, as they're generally easier and will give you a better understanding of the passage. Then proceed to the detail-oriented questions.

3. Use process of elimination: When you come across a question with multiple answer options, eliminate the choices that are clearly incorrect. This will narrow down your choices and make it easier to find the correct answer.

4. Don't spend too much time on one question: Set a time limit for each question—say, one minute—and if you're still not sure of the answer after that, move on to the next one. You can always come back to that question later if you have time.

5. Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice, the better you'll become at managing your time. You can find several practice tests online or use platforms like CollegeVine that provide resources to help you prepare for the SAT.

Good luck on your SAT journey!

7 months ago

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