And question everything.

One of the most helpful resources for a difficult and confusing standardized test question is the set of answer choices that are provided to you (except for grid-in math problems! Sorry folks!) In a math problem, if you can quickly set up and solve an equation, you’re always better off, but sometimes these test makers succeed in being quite tricky. But particularly in a confusing, or seemingly ambiguous, reading or writing question, the answers can really come in handy.

What do you do once you’ve elicited the difference between difficult responses? The same thing you should be doing with every problem, only in a more precise manner: you now check each one back against the original sentence. Noticing the comma and semi-colon, for example, should lead you to check for a run-on sentence.