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Post by rozina shuaib on January 21, 2013

really good stuff

Multiple Choice Overview

  • Question Structure
    • In the multiple-choice section, you will be given 5 to 7 passages, each of them followed by 5 to 12 multiple-choice questions about each passage.
    • The passages will often be out of context—no author, no title, no helpful footnotes. Often they’ll only have a date.
    • You will have to answer questions about:
    • The main idea(s) of the passage
    • How the passage is written (tone, vocabulary, etc.)
    • Details of the passage
    • Inferences about the passage (such as the author’s purpose in writing)
  • Selection Sources
    • Most of the passages will come from works written in the 19th and 20th centuries.
    • At least one selection will probably come from a work written before 1800.
    • All selections were written in English or translated into English.
    • They will probably not be taken from works you have read in class.
  • It’s All About Variety!
    • Types of writing you may see on this test include:
      • Fiction
      • Essays
      • Biography/Autobiography
      • Speeches
      • Letters
      • Journalism
      • Literary/Cultural Criticism
      • Science/Nature Writing
      • Politics
      • History
  • Basic Test-Taking Strategies
    • Read the passage first.
      • Read for the big picture
      • Get familiar with the structure and tone of the passage.
      • Avoid the traps!
    • Do everything twice.
      • You will have 8 to 12 minutes to tackle each passage and its questions. That’s about one minute per question (including reading time).
      • Make two passes through the test.
      • Answer easy questions first.
      • Circle hard questions so you can come back to them later.
      • When you’re done with the passage, if you have at least 5 minutes left, go back to the hard questions. If not, save them for the end (if there’s time).
    • Use process of elimination.
      • What if you absolutely don’t know the answer?
      • Blind guessing: 20% correct
      • Eliminate two choices: 33% correct
      • There is no penalty for guessing.

Multiple Choice Overview

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Question Structure 0:41
    • Multiple Choice Section
    • Answer Questions About These
  • Selection Sources 2:12
    • Works Written in 19th and 20th Centuries
    • Selections Were Written in English or Translated
  • It's All About Variety! 3:16
  • Basic Test-Taking Strategies 3:52
    • Read the Passage First
    • Read for the Big Picture
    • Do Everything Twice
    • Use the Process of Elimination