michael.picardi wrote:I read SLOWLY. I thought that it had to do with familiarity, but even on topics that I know well, I will get midway through the passage in 3 minutes.
Thanks for the question! I'm going to jump in now simply because I don't believe I'll have a chance to come back anytime in the next few days. So, this will be a few quick thoughts:
3 minutes to get through half a passage (and thus 6 for reading an entire passage) is problematic because that only leaves you 11 minutes to complete all of the questions. So, this only leaves you two options as far as the basic section approach if you decide to read without skimming:
1. Read faster and sacrifice some clarity;
2. Go in knowing you will only be able to complete 3 passages at most.
So, you have to work with and test both approaches for a bit to see which one is best for you. Let's say you try option 1 and find you can do so successfully. Then the question is, How much faster can you go? Testing is the first step here, and we (and you) need more data to make an informed decision.
If you do take a skimming approach, how much time does it save you, and where does it leave you as far as passage knowledge. In other words, what plan of attack do you
use with skimming?
Another thing to test is how
you are reading. Are you reading slowly because you are trying to pick up every single detail? then that's probably not the best approach because there are too many details to remember, and even reading very slowly will not allow you to recall it all. this is why we use a reading tool (Viewstamp) that help us identify the main pieces that are tested, which allows us to go faster and then return to the passage as needed. Perhaps something like that (which is taught in our courses and the RC Bible) would allow you to go more quickly while at the same time not sacrificing any accuracy in the questions.
Last, tools such as Viewstamp can help re-orientate your reading focus so you are looking for the things most commonly tested, and not just absorbing random details. This helps you read better
, even if not faster. that lone can help improve your scores.
So, the above is something to think about, but I would also recommend that you supply more detail along the lines of what Francis spoke about, including what you've done so far to prepare for this section.