I recommend you take two to four different tests each day. Use a notebook or just a plain paper and pencil. When you first start you may have trouble with this. As you get better at reading and understand what is being asked you’ll see that you’ll pick up the patterns more and you’ll start getting the right answers without difficulty.
In the first set of questions you should look at how the layout of the question relates to how you already know the answer. This can be a difficult thing to do. So, when looking at the layout of a particular question to ask yourself: Is this something I’ve seen before?
In the second set of questions to ask yourself: Does this answer make sense? How does it fit into the main pattern I know about? Do I see an obvious pattern here? If not then you can probably move on to the next question.
Don’t get hung up on finding the exact answer that came right away. If you look closely, you will see that there are various possibilities for answering the question. For example, it may say, “Should I order an iced tea or a glass of wine?” Or it might say, “Based on what I know, should I bring the bride a red rose or a bouquet of white flowers?” Be open to these alternative answers and think about how they would sound if you were asking a standard question like, “What is the best way to catch a killer whale?”
Another aspect of reading the teas is the rhythm of the language. This is especially useful when trying to figure out how to read the teas correctly. Certain words will come across loud and others may come across quieter. This is an easy enough thing to adjust so that you’ll hear the right kind of tone for a particular question.
The most important thing to remember in all of this is that you need to go at your own pace. There’s no set speed for you to try to read the test. Just go with your rhythm and follow along with the pattern as you understand it. Listen to the questions as you’re being asked, but also look at the other answers on the test page so that you can get a general sense of how the pattern was formed.
As you practice, you’ll notice that there are certain words that seem to crop up more than others on every test. Pay attention to those patterns as you practice and soon you’ll be able to predict the answer you want based on the words that pop up most often. Once you have that mental picture, then you can move on to the next part of the test and the competition.
One key to answering the test is repetition. How to read the teas is about getting into the mindset to repeat the pattern over again. In each question, the pattern will be somewhat different, and you want to pay attention to the way the question is asked and the way the answer is given. If the question is repeated, then the answer must be the same. Otherwise the pattern is incorrect and you need to figure out what the correct answer is.
You may even be able to pick up on the pattern from the question itself. For example, if you’re asking “What number is this?” then you already know the answer, so you just have to analyze whether or not the answer choice is actually correct. Some patterns are easier to figure out than others, so pay attention to the pattern while you’re doing the actual questions so that you can answer correctly.
Finally, your speed at reading speed depends a lot on your knowledge of the material. The more you know about a subject, the easier it will be for you to answer the questions. Focus on understanding the subject matter before you try to analyze it or jump to a quick answer. If you do these things, then you’ll get much better test scores.