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Category: SAT Critical Reading

Maddi Lee

Speed Reading: How It Can Help You Ace SAT Critical Reading

The critical reading section of the SAT can be especially terrifying if you’re a slow reader. With so many passages to analyze and so many questions to answer, this section can quickly become overwhelming. But, despair not! For all you slow readers out there, there is alas a solution! No. No, it’s not pizza. Not […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday – Read the Entire Sentence

Before you read on, I want you to take a quick crack at the video question above (you can pause it before I start pontificating on the right answer!). Then, come back to this post and read on. If you want more explanation at the end, well, then you have the video waiting for you. […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Study SAT Critical Reading

  A Quick Anecdote First, I should mention that this story is a bit tweaked for dramatic effect (read: not completely true), but the main point of the story is untainted by the details I’m adding. A few years ago, I was working with class of around ten SAT students through a difficult reading comprehension passage […]

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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

SAT Critical Reading – Advanced Strategies for Dual Blanks

For the last two sentence completions of each critical reading section, one of them is almost bound to be a two-blank Sentence Completion (and sometimes both are). While the general strategy for approaching these tough dual blankers is similar to what you’d use dealing with easy and medium two-blank Sentence Completions, there is some more […]

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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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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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