Order of Difficulty and Answering Questions
As we’ve emphasized before in this book, knowing the order
of difficulty will help determine your overall approach to the test.
On the Science Reasoning Test, you can expect to encounter questions
roughly in order of increasing difficulty within each passage; however,
this order of difficulty does not always hold, and you will sometimes
get an easy question at the end of a passage’s section. Still, keep
this order of increasing difficulty in mind as you answer the questions.
With this handy piece of knowledge, you’ll know that you
should be able to answer the first questions within a section fairly
easily. The first questions usually deal with your comprehension
of the information presented in the passage. They tend to be Read
the Chart questions in Data Representation and Research Summaries
passages, and Detail questions in the Conflicting Viewpoints passage.
If you cannot answer these questions easily, your understanding
of the passage may be fundamentally flawed. In that case, you might
want to spend a little time (preferably less than a minute) reviewing
the passage to make sure you understand what it means.