What the Instructions Don’t Tell You
What the Instructions Don’t Tell You
The instructions gloss over two important facts about reading passages and questions. Here they are:
  • Don’t skip over the italicized contextual blurb. Above each passage, you’ll see an italicized introductory blurb that may offer some contextual information. The introduction looks a lot like instructions, and you know you’re usually supposed to not waste time reading instructions that you can memorize long before taking the test. However, the context that the introduction provides will often help you understand the passage. So, read this introduction. Do not skip over it.
  • The order of the questions. The questions following the passage are not ordered by difficulty. That means you should not adjust your pacing strategy on reading passages based on where a particular question appears relative to the other questions. The last few questions won’t necessarily be tougher than the first few. Instead, RP questions are ordered by what part of the passage they refer to. Questions that test the beginning of the passage appear at the beginning of the group, questions that test the middle appear in the middle, and questions that cover the end appear at the end. General questions that cover the entire passage can appear either at the beginning or the end of the group of questions. General questions won’t appear in the middle of the group.
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