Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Reading. It is possibly the hardest subject to ‘prepare’ for in the Selective Test. This is because skills and knowledge in texts, their purpose and their language is something that takes a long time to develop.
Nevertheless, here are some exam ‘tricks’ which will help you boost your marks in the Selective Reading Test.
1. Read the Questions First
Why do you read an English comprehension text? It’s not to read and enjoy a story, it’s to answer the questions given. This means that when you read the text, you need to know what you are looking for.
For example, if one of the questions asks “what is this character feeling at this time?”, you know straightaway that you need to pay careful attention to what that character’s emotions are throughout the story, instead of just reading it.
2. Do the Easy Questions First
The Selective Test is a game of time. And in English, you have a little bit more than 1 minute per question. So, if you see a question that you know is going to take you more than 3 minutes to answer, skip it and leave it until last.
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