Don’t assume the first answer you read is the right one, and don’t assume that A is wrong before you read all the choices.
If you find that you frequently eliminate the correct answer and then make a less than ideal choice from the lesser of 2 bad choices, you might be getting trapped by making assumptions.
One way to counteract this assumption is to read the answer choices in reverse, that is start with choice D and then C,B, and A.
Yes, use process of elimination, but you need to be certain about why you are eliminating an answer. Read all 4 choices before you start eliminating choices.
These are the most common way that wrong answers are created.
- Opposite of what is stated in the passage (Contrary to Fact)
- Extreme wording
- Too Broad
- Too Narrow
- Off Topic
- Wrong Part of the Passage
For detailed explanations of these structures, you can download my FREE Guide to SAT Reading: Literature Passages and read a complete explanation in Chapter 5.
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