RP Size and RP Skill
The difference between short RP questions and long RP
questions is not in the questions. The questions are actually quite
similar. The difference—prepare to be shocked—is in the length of
the passages. Short RPs are about 100-words long and are followed
by two questions. Long RPs are 500 to 800 words and include anywhere from
eight to thirteen questions.
So, the questions on long and short RPs are similar, but
the passages are of vastly different lengths. What should this mean
to you? Two things:
Long and short RPs test the same skills: Your
ability to understand what an author is trying to say and your ability
to evaluate how an author uses language to make his or her points.
strategy for dealing with long and short RPs has to be different. The
vast difference in the length of the passages affects how you should
think about reading the passage and how you should deal with the
questions after the passage.
In the following two chapters, we teach you the strategies
you need to meet and beat both long and short RPs.