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Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by aldehyde, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. aldehyde

    aldehyde 2+ Year Member

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    Hello all,
    I took my Oat and did terrible on the reading part, a 230. I don't know how one can study for this section. I studied and performed well on other subjects, 340+. I will be taking it again but I don't know how to improve the QR. English is my second language and i tend to do really bad on the reading on standardized tests. Any help?
     
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  3. drbizzaro

    drbizzaro Varilux/Essilor Advocate 7+ Year Member

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    dont read the passage... go straight to the questions and then search for the answers in the passage

    it got me a whopping 380:thumbup:
     
  4. aldehyde

    aldehyde 2+ Year Member

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    i tried doing that but how in the world did you get a 380 with only 45mins for 50 questions? That's exactly what i did but i ran out of time searching for the answers and scrolling down the passages. I need major help
     
  5. fonziefonz

    fonziefonz 7+ Year Member

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    It was my worst part too :(
     
  6. eyelectric

    eyelectric Pacific Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

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    I would suggest taking timed practice tests before you take the OAT. Try a bunch of different methods and find out which method enables you to perform the best. Then apply your method while taking the actual OAT. Everyone is different; some people like to read the entire passage and others like to skim it. The hardest part is finding what works best for you.
     
  7. drbizzaro

    drbizzaro Varilux/Essilor Advocate 7+ Year Member

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    ok here's the exact method i used:
    look at question #1 for instance, and if it says "what was the color of the car?" THEN, i would immediately jump to the passage and search for any colors in the passage... i would only look for key words and not phrases...
     
  8. SearchSquad

    SearchSquad Cool Member 2+ Year Member

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    Read a lot of stuff online. Difficult stuff, wide range of topics. I had a hard time reading quickly from a computer screen. I'm usually a pretty fast reader on paper though. That way you can "scan" each passage quickly without getting into the details. If you go straight to the questions it takes a long time to go through the passage searching for the right paragraph. When you do a scan through it helps you to know which section of the passage to jump to for each question. BUT...reading the entire passage for details is usually a bad idea, they're just too long.

    good luck...and congrats on the other high scores!
     

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