SAT Reading Tips

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SAT Reading Tips

The SAT reading test is one of the three non-essay portions of the new SAT tests.

The reading test includes the following:

  • One passage from a classic or contemporary work of US or world literature
  • One passage or a pair of passages from ether a US founding document or a text in the great global information they inspired
  • A selection of economics, psychology, sociology, or another social science.
  • Two science passages that examine foundational concepts and developments in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

The reading test measures the command of evidence, words in context, and analysis in History/Social Studies, and Science.

Success in the SAT Reading test depends on mastering these important skills:

  1. Read actively: Always read with a purpose – read for plot, tone, map of passage to have an understanding of where things are in the passage. Always read the passage first.
  2. Read answers completely: Always read all the answer choices completely. Some of the answer choices are supposed to be partially incorrect to deceive the students. Remember the goal in selecting an answer is to choose the answer that is completely accurate.
  3. Evidence Questions: Do not attempt evidence questions first because if the answer to the evidence question is wrong, you may be tempted to use that wrong evidence to answer the questions that follow
  4. Consider Big Picture: For some of the questions, the answers are not directly in the passage. Students who want to be successful in these questions, must understand the big picture from the passage; reading actively plays a big role in establishing the big picture perspective of the passage.
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