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Category: SAT Reading Section

Lucas Fink

“Primary Purpose” Questions in SAT Reading

Your SAT reading comp sections will include a few questions that look something like this: The primary purpose of this passage is to Or this: The authors overall tone could best be described as And in order pick the right answers for these big-picture questions, you need to zoom out. There are a lot of […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Critical Reading Mini Practice

How confident are you in your SAT critical reading skills? This passage may not be the most exciting thing to read, but that’ll be true on your SAT, too—that’s not the point! Your goal is to understand the structure, function, and implication of the information you’re given. Take some notes, and don’t forget to refer […]

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Lucas Fink

Inference Questions on SAT Reading Comprehension

Here’s a good SAT vocabulary word for you: infer. If you don’t already know what it means, go look it up. I’ll wait here. There’s a decent chance that it’ll show up on your SAT, and not even in a sentence completion. It might show up in a SAT Reading Comprehension question about a passage. […]

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Lucas Fink

Staying Focused on Long SAT Reading Passages

Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes to the SAT beginning in March 2016 (aka the “New” SAT). Have you ever found yourself reading the same sentence or paragraph over and over? It doesn’t have to be when you’re going through something as dry as an SAT reading passage; it might even happen […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Find the Wrong Answers in SAT Reading Comprehension Questions

When an SAT writer creates wrong answers for a question, they draw from the same material that they made the correct answer out of. They reference the same phrases and ideas that the best answer does, but they twist the logic or facts to the extent that they become straight-up wrong. Now, put yourself in […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Critical Reading Tips

Reading Comprehension can be very frustrating. With certain questions, it seems as though many of the answers can work. Often students throw their hands up in despair thinking that the test is rigged. Don’t succumb to such a temptation. The test is valid (you can always contest with the College Board). Finding the correct answer […]

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Chris Lele

The Most Underrated Way to Learn SAT Vocabulary

Many studying for the SAT think that the only way to learn vocabulary is by going through a stack of endless SAT flashcards. While flashcards can definitely help you learn many words, they are not the only weapon in your arsenal when worrying about how to learn SAT vocabulary. A great—but often neglected—way of learning […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Reading Comprehension Question Type: Direct Reference

In the previous installments, we took apart a reading comprehension passage. The passage is of medium length, and you will usually get a couple of these on the SAT. Typically, passages of this length have no more than six questions. As this is a tutorial of sorts, I’ve decided to milk the passage for ten […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Passage Inference Questions

Inference questions are a tricky bunch. We have to choose the answer that can best be supported by information in the passage. The trick is not falling prey to those answer choices that are somewhat correct, but go a little beyond the information in the passage. Questions typically try to trick us in a variety […]

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Chris Lele

“Oblivious to” and “Oblivious of” SAT Idioms for the Critical Reading Section

Do you know your SAT idioms? Here is one you definitely do NOT want to be unmindful of. First though, take a hack at the following question and see if you can answer it correctly.   The crowd remained oblivious of the fire, and only moved out of the way when A               B                  C they […]

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