Until two weeks ago, I took SAT reading for granted. I had high verbal scores in high school, and when I took a sample SAT test a couple of years ago, I missed two questions on the reading, only one of which was a real miss in the sense that my answer was clearly wrong. On the other miss, I disagreed with the CollegeBoard's answer.
So I hadn't thought about the verbal section until I started working with C. and a couple of other juniors on SAT prep.
Now I find that working through the verbal section is a wretched, miserable experience, and this is true in spite of the fact that I get the answers right.
Here's Hack the SAT:
You know how some people have a gift?
No one has a gift for Critical Reading.
Sure, plenty of people have a gift for reading.... [but] no one is particularly natural at critical reading, this seemingly endless stuff that jams the SAT full of tiny blue print and passages about the subtle revelations of medieval scientist nuns.
[E]ven those students who get high scores on Critical Reading find it more draining than the Math or Grammar sections.
Working through a Critical Reading passage - especially a 'compare two passages' section (those are death) - I feel the brain equivalent of eye strain.
Why is that?