How long should I spend on each passage? Although I'm pretty happy with my practice exam results, I'm really slow. It takes me 10-15 minutes to do a single passage. How will I speed up without losing accuracy of my answers?
For the PS & BS: (work through the passages in pairs)
Do the discrete questions first : spend 13 mins (clock will read: 57 mins) Do the 1st 2 passages: 16 mins (clock: 41 mins) the 2nd two passages: 16 mins (clock: 25 mins) Do the 3rd pair of passages: 16 mins (clock: 9 mins) you have 9 minutes for the last passage
-i don't worry about going over by a minute, because I usually finish another part I know better a little faster.
VERBAL: (again pairing the passages)
1st pair of passages: 17 mins (clock: 43 mins) 2nd pair: 17 mins (clock: 26) 3rd pair: 17 mins (clock: 9) you have 9 mins for last passage
It helps keep you on track and from not lingering on a question too long.
Some people do them in order, others go after the discretes first. The pros of doing the discretes first is that you can rack up some easy (relatively) points in a short amount of time. The pros of going in order is that you can use the discretes as a break in between passages. Just go with whatever you prefer.