I commonly tackle the passages with the most questions first, and the least questions last. The first passage has only 5 questions so i normally skip this one and complete the last 3 passages, returning to only skim over the first passage.
However, i have noticed that when i go back to complete the skipped passage once the test is over that i think it is an easier passage.
Has anyone else noticed that the first passage tends to have lighter material? in todays prep test i started with the first passage and completed it in just 5 minutes (5 questions included). I have also thought when returning to the first passage, with only moments left in the section, that i can fly through it. although that could be because the last minutes are winding down and im locked in.
So what are you feelings on the difficulty of the first passage and whether it should be completed (first) by test takers who commonly cannot complete the section without rushing.