Jcastro1 wrote:Hey TheMostDangerous,
I'm struggling for timing on LR. Generally going over by 2 minutes and around -3/-4 per section. Any tips? You're killing the LR (and pts!)
The way that I was able to turn around my LR time was by automatically skipping parallel reasoning and parallel flaw questions. I also typically skip principle example Qs as well. Put a big, sloppy square around them, and be careful not to misbubble your sheet when you move on to the next Qs, and then at the end, when you have time, come back and just kill them. You often realize under time pressure that the answer to parallel Qs will be obvious: if the parallel isn't nice and clean, if you find yourself trying to navigate convoluted language, strike it and move to the next AC. When I'm super pressed for time and I'm finishing the unanswered parallel Qs, I'll move on to the next one as soon as I've found an answer choice that I know is right, even if it means I don't look at the others. That typically allows me to answer every Q, and often I'll have time to go back and read the last couple of answer choices just to make sure I made the right choice.
I also make sure that I do. not. get. stuck. on individual questions. Just remember: every Q is worth the same as every other! If one is giving you trouble, put a circle around it and *move on*. At the end, you'll either have time to come back and finish or fix it, or you'll at least be able to flip back at the last second, and be able to guess between those you hadn't yet ruled out with better than 20% odds of getting it right (e.g. if you find yourself staring at question 16, torn between B & E, circle it, move on, and then when you only have ten seconds left in the test, flip back and guess between those two). But just like with parallel questions, if you use your time right throughout the rest of the section, you should hopefully end up with enough time that you won't have to do any guessing.
TL;DR: It's all about knowing which Qs slow you down, and moving on.