buffalo_ wrote:I actually find with RC that the harder I try to find the answer, the more likely I am to get the questions wrong. I used to approach it as just long form LR, and I know a lot of people use this method, but whereas with LR I can isolate specific words or phrases in the mini prompt that make my answer choice absolutely correct, with RC it takes far too long to go back and try and find these bits of evidence in the passage. On recent tests especially, I find that if I read quickly and just pay attention to a few basic things, I rarely need to refer back to the passage. I think of it like this: "these questions are easier than you think they are, just pick the most obvious choice." In LR the answer choices really try to trick you, but I don't see that as much in RC. The questions simply want to know about what you just read. It's like in college when your buddy didn't do the assigned reading and wants you to just give a quick summary. If you can give a quick summary, you should be able to answer the questions. So just read close enough that you can summarize it for your lazy friend.
I'll echo this advice, and I found the bolded to be especially true for me. I started a system where I read the passage deliberately to make sure I understand it well, but I try to get through the questions as quickly as possible. The thing that can really derail an RC section is stressing over similar answer choices, so I started trusting my intuition and just picking one and moving on. This meant I almost never referred back to the passage until the very end when I'd use whatever time was left to go back and check the ones I was unsure about, but I would only change my answer if I found definitive proof in the passage because I found myself changing too many rights into wrongs (which is actually why I started to realize my intuition was better at getting the right answers than if I stressed over it).