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Category: SAT Reading Comprehension

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

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

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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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

Doing SAT Reading Comp Questions Faster

The most common problem that SAT takers have in the reading section is with timing. It’s not easy to absorb a long reading passage and get to the questions while on a clock, especially not with test pressure weighing down on you. It’s not uncommon, then, that students find themselves skipping a number of the […]

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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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