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Shorter Is Better

Notice that you can often describe the purpose of an entire passage in just a few words. When you try to describe the purpose of a passage, rather than providing all of the details from the entire excerpt, try to focus on the big picture. Look for main ideas, main topics, and the overarching reasons why authors write, rather than for specifics and minutiae. This approach will help you when you tackle reading questions on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, because the answers to primary purpose questions on these tests tend to be only a few words long. If you can create a good, short paraphrase of a passage, you’ll be much more likely to be able to recognize a good, short paraphrase in one of the answer choices.