You, as the reader, should always be drawing conclusions. So, I’m going to write that point up here on the board. Always be drawing conclusions. Don’t hesitate to also check our 236 free and powerful practice tests
The next lesson: Conjecture and Theorem, both lessons are included in Practice Tests.The following transcript is provided for your convenience.In many cases, the conclusion of a writing will not be stated directly, and you’ll have to infer it from the information you already know, and the information you were gathering from the text.
So, those situations are very difficult, and it’s vital that you are always drawing conclusions because you never know when the right time to draw the conclusion will be.
In this case, we’re talking about conclusions that are stated directly, and these are much easier to find. However, you don’t know where in the paper you are going to find this conclusion that is stated directly.
Read this sentence:
“It is always more comfortable to draw conclusions from information stated within a passage, rather than to draw them from mere implications.”
So, when we’re talking about drawing them from mere implications, that’s called “inferring“.
Now, when you’re able to draw conclusions from information stated within a passage, that’s talking about when a conclusion is stated directly.
So, these kinds of passages are pretty easy, because the information is going to be stated directly.
The important thing here is that you read the entire passage. Even though the conclusion is stated directly, you still have to find it, and sometimes, there may be another sentence in the passage that looks like the conclusion, and so, you may see that sentence and think, “Okay, this is the conclusion, I found it.” But then, right after that sentence, the author will then be offering a rebuttal to that proposed conclusion, shutting it down and giving a counterargument, leading up to the author revealing the best conclusion.
So, it’s important that you read the entire passage, so that you can be sure that the conclusion you find is the same one the author intended for you to find.Practice tests help you remember. Take this mini-test to solidify your memory.
The next lesson: Conjecture and Theorem, both lessons are included in Practice Tests.