- Looking at the answer choices without having some idea of what the correct answer should be.
- Spending more than a minute or so on any one item in a set.
- Failing to practice sufficiently—reading this book is not enough!
- Failing to master the Essential Concepts.
- Failing to master the Essential Strategies.
- Failing to practice the step methods on every practice test item—you’ll need these methods when the answer isn’t obvious to you.
- Refusing to guess when you’ve eliminated one answer choice.
- Refusing to fly Bombing Runs—that is, not doing items out of order based on your assessment of which will be easiest.
- Having unrealistic expectations about your score goal. (Unless you’re either already scoring fairly high on the Writing section or you have a lot of time before your test, spending time preparing for Paragraph Improvement will dilute your potential score payoff.)
- If you’ve prepared for Paragraph Improvement, not doing all sentence-level items before attempting Paragraph Improvement.