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Passage-Based Readings

Here are some general hints for answering Passage-Based Reading questions.

  1. Don't skip introductions to passages.
  2. Read each passage and any accompanying information carefully. Follow the author's reasoning and be aware of features such as assumptions, attitudes, and tone.
  3. You may find it helpful to mark the passages as you are reading, but don't spend too much time making notes.
  4. Read each question and all the answer choices carefully.
  5. When a question asks you to compare an aspect of a pair of passages, don't be misled by choices that are correct for only one of the two passages.
  6. Select the choice that best answers the question asked. Don't select a choice just because it is a true statement.
  7. You may find it helpful to read the questions first to get an idea of what to look for. Or, you may prefer to read the passage and try to answer the questions.