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Multiple-Choice Introduction

  • Standardized Tests Are Like Video Games (Really)
    • They don’t test real-world competence—they’re first and foremost about testing your test-taking skills
    • It doesn’t matter how you get enough points to win—just that you do.
    • There are “cheat codes”—tricks and clues that give you an advantage.
    • You must be smart and aggressive to win.
    • You’re working with a time limit.
    • So …
  • Multiple-Choice Basics
    • Pace yourself. Keep an eye on your watch.
    • Do the easy passage first and leave the hardest one for last (if you do it at all).
    • Eliminate any answers that are even a little bit wrong.
    • Pick the strong answer you don’t know over the weak one you do.
    • Concentrate. Be present in the moment.
  • Multiple-Choice Masterclass
    • Read the questions first (maybe).
    • Skim the passage, thenread it.
    • Watch for the main idea.
    • Don’t freak out looking for the topic sentence in a prose passage. It’s probably not there.
    • Guess aggressively. Be audacious. Don’t let unfamiliar vocabulary stop you.
    • Answer each question according to its type.
    • Re-check the passage when necessary (which is often).
    • Remember that only the College Board is keeping score.
  • Final Tips
    • Bring a watch.
    • Remember you’re reading for answers.
    • Watch for the stuff the author didn’t have to include.
    • When in doubt, “C” (or A, B, D, or E) it out. Filling in the same letter for all the questions you don’t read is better than pinballing all over the answer sheet.
    • Save the hardest passage for last, and be prepared to skip it.
    • Be aggressive.
    • Know thyself.
    • Breathe.

Multiple-Choice Introduction

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 0:12
  • Standardized Tests Are Like Video Games 0:32
    • They don't test real world competence
    • It only matters that you win
    • There are “cheat codes”
    • You must be smart and aggressive
    • There is a time limit
  • Multiple-Choice Basics 3:18
    • Pace yourself and keep eye on your watch
    • Do easy passage first, hardest last
    • Eliminate wrong answers
    • Pick the strongest answer
    • Concentrate, be present
  • Multiple-Choice Masterclass 6:13
    • Read the questions first
    • Skim the passage, then read it
    • Watch for the main idea
    • Guess aggressively
    • Answer questions according to type
    • Recheck
    • Remember only College Board keeps score
  • Final Tips 10:43
    • Bring a watch
    • Read for answers
    • Watch for what the author didn't have to include
    • When it doubt…
    • Save hardest for last
    • Be aggressive
    • Know thyself
    • Breathe