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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 […]

The simplest type of SAT trap If you’ve spent much time practicing SAT math, you’ve probably noticed some answer choices that you almost picked before realizing they didn’t answer the question. Some of the clearest examples of these are in algebra questions that deal with both an x and a y variable, but the question […]

If that were really the test, how would you go about it? Would you… first look at the picture for a reaallly long time, then find out what Waldo looks like and try to remember where he was. get a good picture in your head of Waldo, then scan the picture for him. I’m going […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]