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Strategy 2: Trust yourself! Despite what some people say, the questions are not designed to trick you.

Strategy 2: Trust yourself! Despite what some people say, the questions are not designed to trick you.

If a question seems straightforward, it probably is. If an answer looks right to you, go ahead and trust yourself and select it (NOTE: this is assuming you’re using other critical strategies like “answer the question that is being asked” and “choose the answer that has the best evidence to support it”).

The Writing and Language Test
As in the Reading Test, the difficulty of the passages and the questions in the Writing and Language Test is a mixed bag.

Many students find the so-called “stemless questions” that require you to choose the best version of a part of a sentence to be quick (but beware – they are not necessarily easy!) Many students also find the “sentence addition” questions time-consuming (eg: “At this point, the writer is considering adding the following sentence…”).

If you find yourself running out of time on the Writing and Language Test, use the Two Passes Strategy to skip the hardest questions and return to them later if you have time.

NOTE: Try not to jump around from passage to passage any more than is absolutely necessary – too much jumping around is likely to slow you down and confuse you.

TOP TIP: Keep Moving! The main takeaway here is that there are some easier questions at the end! Don’t get hung up on hard questions in the first couple of passages. Do your best to avoid running out of time and leaving easier points on the table from the passages at the end of the section.

WARNING LABEL: If you don’t have trouble completing all the questions in the time allowed, then try to complete all of the questions in each passage before moving to the next one – these strategies are meant for students who sometimes feel crunched for time!

WAIT! Should I guess?
Finally, there is no penalty for guessing, so don’t leave any questions blank. That’s right – there is no penalty for wrong answers.

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