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Category: SAT Reading Section

Chris Lele

SAT Reading Comprehension – The Dual Passage

So here’s the skinny: there will always be two sets of dual passages, one short (35-30 lines total) and one medium to very long (60-90 lines). What exactly is a dual passage? Well, just as its name implies it is a set of two passages written on a similar topic. The passages usually do not […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Critical Reading – Vocabulary In Context

A very common question on the reading passages is the vocabulary-in-context question. Students also tend to make a very common error on these question types: matching up the answer choice with the words in quotation marks. Let me show you how this works. As it appears in the passage, the word “heralded” most nearly means […]

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Chris Lele

Common SAT Critical Reading Traps

The Traps 1. Extreme Language Often the SAT will make an answer that could debatably be correct by adding a word such as “never”, “always”, or simply, “no”. Remember, the correct answer has to be back up by the text in the answer. But an extreme answer is one that usually doesn’t have text to […]

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Kevin Rocci

How Hard is SAT Reading?

Reading! How hard could it be, right? We are talking about the SAT, though, and we know that this test likes to make things really hard. But the answer to “How hard is SAT reading?” depends a lot on you, the reader. Are you comfortable reading and analyzing fiction and nonfiction passages? Do you read […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Reading Comprehension Challenge Questions: Long Fiction

Fiction might sound like a welcome break from the other more academic SAT reading passages, but it’s not necessarily any easier. It can be really dry, in truth. So let’s see how well you hold up to a demonic reading passage. The excerpt below is long, old, full of characters to keep track of, and […]

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Lucas Fink

Reading SAT Fiction Passages

On every SAT, there’s one long fiction passage. It’s usually the longest individual reading passage on the test (which means about 75-100 lines). You might get a shorter fiction passage at only 50 or 60 lines long, but that’s less common. The SAT likes relatively recent fiction, but it’s not unheard of to see something […]

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Lucas Fink

Reading SAT Passages Faster

Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes in the SAT beginning March 2016 (aka the “New” SAT). Okay, so picture this: it’s Saturday morning and you’re taking the SAT. You’re working on the Reading test, and you’ve got about 5 minutes left in the section. You think you’re golden; you’re just about to […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Take Notes on SAT Critical Reading Passages, Faster

One of the most important things you can do to raise your critical reading score on your SAT is to improve your reading strategy. There’re a few ways reading the passage often goes wrong—forgetting to look at the big picture, for one—and the best way to avoid all of them is to refine your notes. […]

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Lucas Fink

Key Words in SAT Reading Comprehension

In spoken English, there’s a pattern of stressing syllables and words that makes a sort of rhythm. The SAT Reading Comprehension doesn’t have any questions about that, exactly, but we can learn a bit from it. And why we stress those sounds has something to do with finding important information in SAT reading comp. To […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Find the Main Ideas in SAT Reading Passages

SAT reading passages can be a little hard to pick apart. They’re not light reading, and you probably won’t have any real interest in the topic. And they’re full of detail, a lot of which ends up being pretty unnecessary for the questions. It’s true that there are lots of questions that ask about specific […]

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