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Saving time on summarizing premises/conclusions in CR questions

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I'm feeling that I'm taking too much time to summarize and write down my summary of the premises and conclusions of a CR passage.

I'm just starting out on CR and so I'm focusing on accuracy and not timing; that said, especially once I start focusing on timing, I'm concerned that summarizing these arguments fully will drain my time on the section. Does anyone have time-saving tips on how how to speed up this process of summarizing arguments before tackling the CR question at hand?
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I'm feeling that I'm taking too much time to summarize and write down my summary of the premises and conclusions of a CR passage.

I'm just starting out on CR and so I'm focusing on accuracy and not timing; that said, especially once I start focusing on timing, I'm concerned that summarizing these arguments fully will drain my time on the section. Does anyone have time-saving tips on how how to speed up this process of summarizing arguments before tackling the CR question at hand?
I think most people will not want to write summaries for more than a few CR questions on test day. You might need to reduce your reliance on notes as you get more comfortable.
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Although it can be helpful to jot down some key details, such as the conclusion or an assumption, if you find that you are spending too much time writing down those details, you may want to reduce the amount that you are writing. Part of the reason for writing down the conclusion, for instance, is to ensure that you are engaged in what you are reading and not missing key details. So, don’t be too concerned if you are not able to write full summaries of the passages. Many people do not use notes at all when answering CR questions.

Regardless of whether you take notes, it is true that fully understanding passages and noting key details can take time when you first start training in CR. However, as you practice more CR, you will get faster in every aspect of answering the questions. So, I would not be overly concerned about timing at this point.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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