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# CR - Read the stimulus first?

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08 Apr 2019, 19:46
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Hi all,

What is preferable and why?

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08 Apr 2019, 22:46
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lynnglenda wrote:
Hi all,

What is preferable and why?

Some test takers prefer reading the question stem first, as they feel that primes them to start thinking about what the correct answer could be immediately after reading the stimulus. Try it and see if it works for you before you take a call. Just don't expect your choice of entry point to do wonders for your accuracy or speed. That comes only through practice.

For what it's worth, I read the stimulus first.
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09 Apr 2019, 08:55
lynnglenda wrote:
Hi all,

What is preferable and why?

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I would suggest to read the question first and then move on to the stimulus.
With this strategy, you can directly know the question type and start thinking about the possible answers as you read the stimulus.
Try this strategy and see if it works for you. Else, read the stimulus first and then read the question.
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09 Apr 2019, 12:20
Hi lynnglenda,

From your post, it sounds as if you've identified CR as an area that you need to work on. There might be other areas though, so before I can offer any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
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2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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10 Apr 2019, 07:41
Instead of reading the stimulus, I personally just like to have a glance at the stimulus. If the Question is a straight-forward Strengthen, Weaken or assumption question, I keep that in my mind while I read the question....otherwise, if the stimulus is lengthy and not a straight-forward Strengthen, Weaken or assumption question, I simply move on without wasting anymore time on it.
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