what do/can we do if we dont understand the passage or the main purpose?
The great thing about this year’s prompts is that with the stable wording that has been introduced you will be given the author’s purpose.
Hi! This is a good question!
Tip #1: Pay attention to the prompt! The general purpose will be stated there!
Tip #2: Think about it this way: when you write an essay, where do you include the clearest glimpse at your essay’s purpose? In your essay’s introduction and conclusion! So, if you are having a hard time determining the passage’s purpose/message, make sure that you reread the introduction and the conclusion–THEN with the ideas from the intro/conclusion in mind, reread the passage.
Tip #3: Pay attention to repeated ideas/phrases.
Hope this helps! Good luck!