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Lecture Notes for Verbal Reasoning. Lesson 1 General Test-Taking Strategies. General Test-Taking Strategies: Know the Test. Keep in mind the question categories Comprehension questions Main ideas, author’s purpose, details, inferences, and assumptions Evaluation questions

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lecture notes for verbal reasoning

Lecture Notes for Verbal Reasoning

Lesson 1

General Test-Taking Strategies

general test taking strategies know the test
General Test-Taking Strategies:Know the Test
  • Keep in mind the question categories
    • Comprehension questions
      • Main ideas, author’s purpose, details, inferences, and assumptions
    • Evaluation questions
      • Identify the statement’s function
      • Assess the structure of the passage
      • Judge the quality of the argument
    • Application questions
      • Apply ideas in passages to outside information
    • Incorporation questions
      • Apply outsideinformation to arguments in passage
test taking strategies know the test
Test-Taking Strategies:Know the Test
  • Feel comfortable with the verbal reasoning test content
    • 60 minutes long
    • Usually seven passages (8 ½ minutes per passage).
    • 6-10 questions per passage for about 40 questions
    • Passages drawn from social sciences, humanities, and sections not included in the science portion of the test.
      • Advice: Access a peer-reviewed scholarly journal from the SUU library databases and read at least one article per week.
        • Apply tactics for reading passages to journal reading.
        • Get comfortable with various “discourse communities.”
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General Test-Taking Strategies:Know the Test
  • Keep in mind the scoring system
    • You can miss several questions and still receive a perfect score
    • The test rewards those who finish all passages
general test taking strategies attitude and mindset
General Test-Taking Strategies:Attitude and Mindset
  • Be confident and relaxed, but not too relaxed.
    • Harken back to relaxation routine from these sessions
  • Be confident in your score.
    • Don’t doubt yourself when you are unsure or you are forced to guess.
  • Read the passage with arrogance.
    • Be confident with how you’re reading the passage.
  • View the exam as a challenge
    • Don’t obsess over the test by putting too much pressure on yourself
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General Test-Taking Strategies:Attitude and Mindset
  • Advice: the five-second break
    • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, slowly exhale, and recall the relaxation activity from our prep sessions.
    • Right before beginning the verbal reasoning section, after each passage, or if you feel anxious.
  • Exude energy.
    • Train yourself to concentrate for long periods.
    • Give 100% every time you practice.
  • Maintain focus.
    • Ignore any distractions
    • Clear your mind of any clutter
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