Come avere successo nella sezione reading dell’SAT

[English version here]

 

La sezione reading dell’SAT è una delle più difficili da perfezionare, a causa del tempo limitato e del livello di difficoltà dei testi coinvolti. Ci sono diversi aspetti da tenere in considerazione per poter andare bene in questa sezione in particolare, compresi la conoscenza del lessico e l’abilità di comprendere il contesto dei testi stessi. Se state cercando di migliorare il vostro punteggio, ecco alcuni trucchi per aiutarvi…

 

  1. Gestione del tempo

Siccome avete solo 65 minuti per rispondere a 52 domande su 5 testi, saper gestire il tempo è estremamente importante. Se vi trovate in difficoltà con un passaggio in particolare, considerate l’idea di saltarlo per riprovarci alla fine. Questo vi assicurerà più tempo per finire quei testi che trovate più semplici e di conseguenza vi garantirà la possibilità di rispondere correttamente alle domande. In questo caso, se finite il tempo, lascerete solo le domande più difficili. La chiave per poter completare l’intera prova del reading è la lettura rapida. È un processo che consiste nel leggere velocemente l’articolo ma immagazzinando informazioni. È molto più semplice farlo se si fa pratica!! Inoltre, se una domanda vi chiede di leggere determinate righe, assicuratevi di non sprecare tempo leggendo tutto, leggete solo le righe che vi vengono indicate!

  1. Processo di eliminazione

Se vi trovate in difficoltà a scegliere tra le alternative date, leggete ogni risposta ed eliminate quelle che non potrebbero assolutamente essere giuste. Con un po’ di fortuna, rimarrete con due alternative e quindi vi potrete concentrare meglio sulla domanda e sul testo. Ricordatevi che i particolari possono cambiare tutto – a volte solo una parola può rendere la risposta incorretta. Inoltre, dovrete pensare: la risposta è troppo specifica o troppo generica? Si riferisce alla persona corretta? Gli aggettivi/verbi sono utilizzati anche nel testo? In ultimo, le informazioni nella risposta sono rilevanti per il testo o confondono il centro dell’interesse?

  1. Predizione

Se possibile, un’ottima idea è quella di provare a predire la risposta ancora prima di leggere le alternative. A volte si può indovinare la risposta quasi correttamente e poi trovare quella più simile tra le alternative. Molte domande nella sezione reading si affidano semplicemente al buonsenso e quindi 3 delle alternative quasi non avranno senso. Certamente, ciò è leggermente diverso per quanto riguarda le domande di lessico. Qui, le parole saranno in generale quasi sinonimi ma dipendono dal contesto, quindi è una buona idea esercitarsi nell’imparare il lessico dei testi – non solo le singole parole.

  1. Provare un metodo diverso

Se siete dei lettori lenti, o vi trovate a esaurire il tempo velocemente, provate a cambiare il vostro metodo. La maggior parte delle persone leggono prima il testo e poi vanno a rispondere alle domande, ma un’altra ottima idea è quella di leggere prima le domande! Rispondete prima alle domande di lessico, dal momento che richiedono solo la lettura del paragrafo intorno alla parola. Poi, puntate alle domande che si riferiscono solo a determinate righe, visto che avete di già un punto su cui focalizzarvi nel testo. In ultimo, dopo aver già studiato il testo per rispondere alle altre domande, provate le domande “generiche”, che vi chiedono di riassumere il passaggio (o alcuni paragrafi) nel suo insieme.

  1. Capire gli errori

Quando fate le prove d’esame prima dell’esame vero e proprio, assicuratevi di segnarvi il numero delle domande che sbagliate. In questo modo, potrete identificare con quale tipo di domanda avete più difficoltà. Per esempio, se fate frequentemente errori nelle domande che vi chiedono di identificare la risposta corretta e a che riga corrisponde, più probabilmente avrete bisogno di esercitarvi nelle domande “evidence-based”. Inoltre, è sempre bene segnarvi perché non siete riusciti a rispondere correttamente alla domanda. Avete capito male una parola o magari il senso generale? È stato il testo a portarvi fuori strada o le domande e le loro risposte?

  1. Doppi Passaggi

Sfortunatamente, molti studenti trovano i doppi passaggi estremamente difficili. Questo accade perché di solito essi sono in contrasto l’uno con l’altro e quindi richiedono tempo perché possiate confrontarli, o potrebbe essere perché bisogna capire due opinioni diverse nello stesso test. Qualunque sia la ragione, il miglior suggerimento per affrontarli è di prenderli singolarmente.

Leggete il primo passaggio e rispondete alle domande relative, poi fate lo stesso per il secondo passaggio. In ultimo, rispondete alle domande che vi chiedono di riflettere su entrambi. Non provate a immagazzinare informazioni da entrambi per poi andare a rispondere alle domande, diventa davvero confusionario e rende meno chiare le opinioni degli autori.

 

 

Learn English with the News – Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036

Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, during new Russian elections, has decided to propose a new constitutional amendment to allow him to stay in office until 2036. Watch the news video and do the accompanying exercises.

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Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

Vladimir Putin has exhorted fellow Russians to vote for a slew of constitutional amendments that would also let him stay in office until 2036. Standing before a new statue commemorating the efforts of Soviet soldiers during the second world war on the day before voting ends, Putin appealed to ordinary Russians’ patriotism and their desire for stability without mentioning the stark political implications the vote would have by resetting his term limits and allowing him to seek re-election twice more as president. Putin said in the address, which was broadcast nationally, that the amendments will enshrine values and principles among the highest, unconditional constitutional guarantees. He added that they can guarantee stability, safety, wellbeing and a decent life. Russia’s constitutional vote, an ad-hoc plebiscite that is not quite a referendum, has seen a massive get-out-the-vote effort. Local governments have enticed voters with raffles and cash prizes to increase the turnout. A state-owned pollster has already released a controversial exit poll claiming 76% of voters supported the amendments. The Kremlin is keen to have a high turnout in the vote, which culminates on Wednesday, to show that Putin and his platform enjoy broad support. Critics have attacked the vote, which has continued for a week and allowed online voting, as impossible to monitor. One video circulating on social media showed a family arriving at a polling station this week to discover they had all already voted, according to the official register. When they confronted the head of the polling station, she slams the register shut, telling them to prove it. Analysts have said polling numbers indicate the Kremlin’s desires rather than the reality at the ballot box. VCIOM, the state-run pollster that released the exit polls, was lightly chastised for interfering in the ongoing vote, but not punished.

Learn English with the News – How You Write an X Determines your Personality

The research is in and it appears that the way you draw the letter X says quite a lot about your personality!

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Here is the photo to understand your personality.

 

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

 

Writing an X | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

 

Writing an X | Fill the gap

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

 

Writing an X | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full Text:

“MOST of us learn to write in the same way as kids – only to develop our own sense of style as time goes on. But did you know that our pen strokes are an insight into our personality? In particular, how you write an “X” says a lot lot about who you are, an expert claims. While the simple act of drawing two intersecting lines is one most don’t give a second thought to, it’s clear that not everyone draws the letter in the same way. The direction in which you draw the lines can reveal some pretty interesting personality traits or interesting facts about your mindset.Handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight has shed some light on what each style means – so what does your writing style say about you? The coloured line in the image is the first stroke, with the black line being the second.

1. Stuck in the past

Kathi says that if you write your X with two reverse strokes, and start from the lower right, it indicates that while you may have an urge to move forward, you are mentally stuck in the past.

2. Trying to escape your past

If you draw both lines moving forward, yet start in reverse — from bottom left, then the bottom right — you are a renegade. You have a strong desire to erase and escape your past and move forward, but it still has a grip on you…

3. What a rebel

The reversed strokes — starting top right —are the sign of a rebel without a cause. You don’t want to conform or fit in, but have zero reason for your determination to fight societal norms.

4. Focusing on the future

Only your second stroke is drawn the “normal” way — top right to bottom left — it implies that while you’re trying to focus on the future, a part of you is still tempted to go backwards, as if you’re driving while looking through the rearview mirror.

5. Live by your own rules

The first half of this X — drawn from top right to bottom left — is made “correctly,” but the 2nd — drawn from bottom left to top right — is written in reverse direction. According to Kathi, this is evidence that you live by your own rules.

6. Trendsetter

You start your stroke from bottom left, and out of order, you’re a trendsetter — and you own it.

7. Stick to the norm

Most people write their Xs like this, according to Kathi, as it is how schools teach us to write our letters, going from left to right. Sticking to this method as a grown up is an indication that you don’t tend to stray from the norm, and you value order and balance.

8. Thinking outside the box

Like most of these choices (besides 7), if you start from the top right, Kathi says it’s evidence that you prefer to think outside of the box.”

 

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