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Category: SAT Reading Section

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

SAT Critical Reading vs. High School English Class

When people are asked to link the three SAT scores to high school classes, most will do something kind of funny. SAT Math = Math SAT Writing = English SAT Critical Reading = English That seems really lopsided. Why does the test have two sections on English? If you’ve been getting Cs in that class, […]

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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

Megalomnemonical SAT Vocab: Words from Movies

Hollywood isn’t famous for its academic vocabulary, but SAT words kinda sneak into places you wouldn’t expect.  So you could be vegging, watching whatever comes on TV or browsing around Hulu, and you might stumble on some common SAT vocabulary. You’ve got to find out what it actually means, of course….   Abide The movie: […]

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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

How to Answer the SAT’s Two-Blank Sentence Completions

1) Although many students ________________ that they’re more difficult, two-blank sentence completions on the SAT are in fact ___________________ than their one-blank counterparts. trust . . less weighty deny . . simpler suppose . . more complex assume . . less problematic contend . . hastier The example above has a message, clearly. If you’re […]

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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

SAT Reading Passages

SAT reading passages aren’t written specifically for the test. Instead, they’re taken from college-level reading sources and adapted to make them fit easily into the 700 words or so (for a long passage) that the SAT likes. Of course, that means they have to make some pretty significant changes to the text—giving it a clear […]

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Lucas Fink

Megalo-mnemonical Vocab: Chimera SAT Words

There’s an SAT level vocab word for you: chimera. What is it? In Greek mythology, it was one of those hybrid animals, like a griffin or a minotaur. Specifically, it was an animal made from parts of a lion, a goat, and a snake. A franken-beast. In English, the word sometimes means a dream that […]

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