How to Crack Logic-Based Inference Questions

I’ve touched upon inference questions in an earlier post (remember: ask yourself WHY something was written, not just WHAT was written). But logic-based inference questions get their own special article because they are a more specialized and advanced subcategory of inference questions. These questions truly test if you know WHY something was written. They don’t just ask what can be inferred or what a particular sentence suggests; those are reserved for the normal, easier inference questions. Logic questions are harder and …

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I Bet You Can’t Summarize for Sh*t

Sorting Through the Trash and Finding the Gems… If you’ve ever worked with a tutor, he’s probably asked you to summarize what you read to him. That’s good. It helps him see if you really got the point of the passage. But let me make one thing absolutely clear: summarizing a passage is totally different than restating its ideas. You have to be able to tell the difference between supporting details and the main idea. To be honest, this article …

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Understanding WHAT You Read is Not Enough

Did you know that understanding a sentence requires more than understanding what it said? There are actually two levels of understanding: What it actually says (superficial first level) What purpose/role/function it serves (deeper second level) There is a ginormous difference between WHAT something said and WHY it was said. Remember back in elementary school when we played the most annoying game on earth…the Why Game? I do. I vividly remember how I used it to torture my friends, family, and teachers. Basically, I …

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Down to 50/50? Don’t Justify Your Answers, Identify Wrong Ones

Reading comprehension, compared to math and grammar, is much more resistant to strategy attacks. Reading comp questions are like the cockroaches of the SAT world—nearly immune to pesticide (our tactics and strategies). The only way to truly and effectively conquer these pesky questions is the old fashion way: stomping them dead. By that I mean actually understanding what you’re reading—the fundamentals! There is one glimmer of hope though, one saving grace, one strategy that I find pretty effective. It’s called …

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