Within the Reading portions of the SAT and the ACT, there is a unique section in which you must evaluate and analyze two passages at once. This section is daunting; in whole, it is longer than the others, and it requires focus on two authors with differing opinions.
Instead of tackling this section like the others, split it up, creating two painless reading sections, and reap the benefits of forethought! First, glance at the questions. Questions will fall into three categories – label them P1, P2, and Both. P1 questions solely discuss the first passage; P2 questions solely discuss the second passage; and Both questions require an understanding of both the first and second passages. Draw two lines on your test booklet to separate the three categories of question.
Now, it’s smooth sailing! You will simply work through this section as if it is two separate passages. Read Passage 1; Answer P1 questions; Read Passage 2; Answer P2 questions; Answer Both questions. No more racking your brain for which author said what!