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Category: SAT Reading Section

Chris Lele

SAT Vocabulary Corner – “Why so serious?”

The words below all connote a lack of seriousness. Make sure these words do not apply to your SAT prep (which you should take very seriously!).   Flippant Flippant means not showing the proper respect. The situation is usually one that calls for a certain amount of gravity, say church or class. The flippant student […]

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Chris Lele

Long, Difficult SAT Reading Comprehension Passages

Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes in SAT beginning March 2016 (aka the New SAT). All Passages on the New SAT are Long With the old SAT, there were tiny passages, some of which were easy to understand. At the other end of the spectrum was the nightmare-inducing long passage: 100 lines […]

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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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Chris Lele

Top Five Confusing SAT Words

With thousands of words to memorize, the SAT often leads to students to jumble up words in their heads. It’s hard to separate the most common SAT words from the no-shows on test day. And it’s hardly their faults—the English language is consists of many words that either look and/or sound very similar. See if […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Reading Comprehension: Specific Line Reference

The next Reading Comprehension question type is also the most common question type. Introducing: Line reference question. Okay, there is some irony here – there’s no line reference but an xx (no, don’t get the wrong idea). For the blog critical reading passage I didn’t have the nifty little program that allowed me to insert […]

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Chris Lele

SAT CR Passage Questions: “Line Number” Vocabulary Words

For the next two questions from the following SAT reading passage, we have a question type called Vocabulary in Context. This question type is one of the easiest to improve on, mainly because many students approach this question incorrectly. What happened in between those two photographs is that I experienced, then overcame, what the poet […]

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Chris Lele

Building Your SAT Reading Muscle

Imagine your brain as a group of muscles.  One of these muscles is called the reading muscle. Like any muscle, the reading muscle can very easily become weak and flaccid–if you don’t use it. Now imagine trying to lift 150 pounds over your head. That would take quite a lot of muscle. Reading muscle-wise, the […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Reading Comprehension

Welcome to a multiple part series. No, it’s not an award winning show on HBO. It’s SAT Reading Comprehension. No, don’t the turn the channel just yet! If you want to learn winning strategies that will help you score mega points test day, stay tuned. I will be dissecting a passage (see below) and then […]

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Chris Lele

Raise Your SAT Score: Strategies for Sentence Completions and Reading Comprehension

“Know thy enemy” is sage advice especially when it comes to the SAT Critical Reading and Writing Sections. Especially if you are new to the SAT, reading this post – and of course applying what you learn – can lead to a significant improvement in your scores for these two sections. Below are several key […]

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