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Reading Comprehension: Work Order

In Reading Comprehension, the passage and the first question appear simultaneously on the screen. Which should we attend to first?

The correct answer is the passage.

If you read the question first, you won't know where in the passage to look for the answer, and you'll end up reading the entire passage, thus both wasting precious time and exposing yourself to distractors (i.e., to details and supporting ideas that can later be used as information .

If, on the other hand, you read the question after the Initial Reading of the passage, you'll either be able to answer the question without any further reading, or, at least, you'll be most likely to know where in the passage to look for the answer based on the Initial Reading.

Correct!

The correct order is Initial Reading of the passage first, attending to the question next. This will ensure that you do not read the question or the passage twice, thus unnecessarily wasting time. Remember that the initial reading should serve you for all 2-4 questions of the passage, not just this question - it pays to devote the proper time and focus for the general understanding of the "big picture" using initial reading.

If you read the question first, you won't know where in the passage to look for the answer, and you'll end up reading the entire passage, thus both wasting precious time and exposing yourself to distractors (i.e., to details and supporting ideas that can later be used as information .

If, on the other hand, you read the question after the Initial Reading of the passage, you'll either be able to answer the question without any further reading, or, at least, you'll be most likely to know where in the passage to look for the answer based on the Initial Reading. 

The correct answer is, thus, that we should attend to the passage first.

In order to identify the type of question, you need to read it. If you read the question and realize that you can't answer it without delving into the insides of the passage, which leads you to decide to do the Initial Reading first, you've already wasted some time. Moreover, after you'll finish the Initial reading, you'll go back to the question and read it again (you won't have remembered it) anyway. So why take chances and double your effort and reading?

The right thing to do is to go straight to the passage. Don't even glance at the question. It'll still be there after you finish the Initial Reading, and then you'll be able to give it your full attention. Just because the question is there, along with the passage, is not reason enough for you to read it.

It does matter, actually. The correct order is Initial Reading of the passage first, attending to the question next. This will ensure that you do not read the question or the passage twice, thus unnecessarily wasting time. Remember that the initial reading should serve you for all 2-4 questions of the passage, not just this question - it pays to devote the proper time and focus for the general understanding of the "big picture" using initial reading.

The passage
The question
Depends on the type of question
It doesn't really matter - we'll end up attending to both anyway

I don't know