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How Will SAT Verbal Change?

The New SAT Verbal Section:

1. No more vocabulary-heavy questions

There is a section called Sentence Completions. It has long been the bane of those who struggle at vocabulary. Well, those questions will no longer be a part of the new test. Words like esoteric, perfunctory, and misanthrope will no longer be required SAT studying.

Even the reading passages, will dispense with difficult vocabulary in the answer choices. Really speaking, the new SAT will be the nail in the test prep coffin for vocabulary words that, since, 1995, have been steadily cut from the test.

2. More straightforward answer choices in reading comprehension

The old SAT—well, as of this date, the almost-old-SAT—was notorious for writing really tricky answer choices. Often the entire answer choice would be correct except for one little word that would, undeniably, make the answer wrong. The correct answer would often be worded somewhat vaguely and use more sophisticated vocabulary.

Well, the good news, at least for most, is that the new test will provide straightforward answers. So if you understand the passage, you are very likely to get the correct answer. Though that’s the tricky part. Some of the passages will be advanced, drawn from 18th and 19th century texts or dry scientific journals.

3. Writing will no longer be a part of reading

Remember all those grammatical rules? Well, if you want to do well on the new SAT reading section you better remember all those rules because they’ll now be a part of the verbal section. That’s right, they are lumping grammar and reading passages together into the verbal section. And the essay, which will be optional, will be graded separately and will in no way influence your verbal section score.


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About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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