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The ACT / SAT questions are notorious for being tricky. Add to it the stress of the exams and it is all too easy to misconstrue a question completely. At first glance, it seems like they are asking you one thing, but when you look more closely, you realize that it is in fact asking you something completely different.

The Power of Underlining

The most important thing when answering these questions is not to rush headlong into answering them. Take a second or two to read and re-read the question so you understand it completely. Once you’ve done that, underline what the question wants you to answer and only then proceed to bubble in the answer. This will minimize the odds of you giving the wrong answer because of misunderstanding.

Skim and Answer the Easy Ones

Before you begin any section, it is always a good idea to skim through the entire section and start by working on the questions that are easy to comprehend. First fill in responses only to the questions you are 100% sure about. Keep the tough questions for later. Once you’re done answering those surefire answers, follow the Pro Tip above for answering those questions that are more confusing.

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