You may have heard of this one before. It’s a common trick used in many standardized tests and it almost never fails. Basically, whenever you see extreme words like “never” or “always” used in answer choices, those answer choices are never the right choice, and you can almost always rule them out as possible answers.
LET’S LOOK AT AN EXAMPLE TO GIVE YOU A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT:
AFTER YOU FINISH READING EACH PASSAGE, ASK YOURSELF “WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA OF THIS PASSAGE?” • The main idea may take the form of a trite moral like “don’t judge a book by its cover,” or the main idea of a passage might even be something as simple as giving a brief introduction into some topic. Whatever the main idea of the passage, it’s important that you spot it, as there are bound to be AT LEAST one or two questions per passage relating to their main ideas. However, these questions are easy to lose points on. Why? Because those crafty SAT test writers don’t want you to succeed.
HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Read the passage. Underline/circle the passage’s main idea as it appears in the passage (often in the first or last paragraph). If the main idea is not directly stated, you will have to infer the passage’s main idea. When faced with a question about the passage’s main idea, simply refer to your notes on the passage.
- Spring '17