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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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