Category Archives: Time Management

Mastering SAT Reading Time Trap Questions

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Though Time Trap Questions are somewhat rare on SAT Reading, it’s important to be prepared for them because they can be dangerous. As the name suggests, these questions can easily chew up a lot of time if not handled correctly. In addition to being inherently time-consuming, these questions also tend to be more analytically challenging than standard question types. In… Read more »

Mastering ACT and SAT Reading General Questions

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Identifying General Questions General questions are common on both SAT Reading and ACT Reading. I describe them as “general” because, instead of focusing on particular words, phrases, or sentences from the passage, these questions ask about the passage as a whole. For example, they may ask for the main point, main theme, main purpose, primary purpose, central claim, or central… Read more »

How to Beat the Clock on ACT Reading – Part 3

How to Beat the Clock on ACT Reading

ACT Reading Timing Tactics TL;DR: General Approach to Passage as a Whole: Spend a MAXIMUM of 90 seconds skimming the passage If the first question is general (it almost always is), save it for last. Answer non-citation questions, using Locators to find the answer in the passage. Answer citation questions. Answer the General Question and any Time Trap questions. Or… Read more »

How to Beat the Clock on ACT Reading – Part 1

Time Management Strategies for the ACT and SAT tests.

[NOTE – This is Part 1. You can read Part 2 by clicking here.] For most students, including academically high-achieving students, the very tight time limit on ACT Reading presents a major challenge. If you’re struggling to beat the clock on ACT Reading, you should understand that you are by no means alone and that your struggle with ACT Reading… Read more »