hillz wrote: BillPackets wrote:
hillz wrote:Feeling kinda bummed this evening. I did the June 14 RC section and missed 5. I've been drilling RC passages lately (didn't start until recently) but am still missing a lot. Not sure if it's because I'm not reading closely enough or what. Reading for structure has helped me but I'm still missing a lot.
Don't want this to get lost
Missing any particular type of Q? Inference ? MSS ?
Thanks, Bill. It appears as though I am mostly missing Inference questions, Author Most Likely To Agree With, and Weaken questions.
I have strong "Author Most Likely" skills. I think a lot of it has to do with identifying the author's position. The best way to do that is to pay attention to small word choice. The language in all passages is very elevated - strong writers consciously chose words that will express precisely what they want - and so the connotations of some words over others are of serious importance. How can I explain? It's like the difference between:
1. "With frequent use of his tDCS, BillPackets has discovered that he harbors mathematical potential that lay previously untapped."
2. "Indeed, with his frequent use of the newly patented tDCS, BillPackets has been proven to hold mathematical abilities that lie well beyond the bounds of anything that he could have anticipated."
3. "Increasing use of a machine called the 'tDCS' has led BillPackets to conclude that he has stronger mathematical ability than he had originally imagined."
4. "With his ever-increasing use of said 'tDCS' machine, BillPackets claims to have tapped into a mathematical potential which he believes was not previously present."
Then, when you go to the answer choices for an AML, you see how they choose these very specific words, too. The easy ones will focus on degree ("all, most, some"), but the more difficult questions will include very precise verbage that you have to unpack. Say, the difference between answer choices that uses the word "preoccupied with" vs. "concerned with" vs. "attentive to" vs. "interested in." The author's bias is your key to choosing the correct answer, IME.
Does that make sense? Let me know if you want to go over a specific passage. This is one of the few areas with which I can actually help, so I'm more than happy to, if you'd like.