Ch 16: SAT Reading: Reading Passages

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Get ready to excel in the critical reading section of your SAT with our assistance. These short video lessons have quizzes you can use for self-assessment.

SAT Reading: Reading Passages

Prepare for the passage-based reading portion of your SAT by reviewing the following fundamental topics through these learning materials:

  • Reading passage question types
  • Long and double reading passages
  • Responding to literature-based multiple-choice questions

Get ready to demonstrate college-level reading comprehension skills on your SAT, with the help of these user-friendly video lessons. Follow up with the quick quizzes for immediate feedback.

SAT Reading Objectives

You'll answer 52 passage-based reading questions in the critical reading section of your SAT. Unlike the sentence completions section, the questions don't increase in difficulty in the passage-based reading portion, but follow the reasoning of the selections. The test assesses your comprehension of passages 100-850 words in length. They vary in style and subject matter, and some sets of passages are related. The selections include both fiction and non-fiction. You'll have a chance to demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Determine meanings of words through context
  • Understand literal meanings directly stated
  • Use extended reasoning: synthesize, analyze and evaluate

You'll find that the largest part of the reading questions requires you to use extended reasoning comprehension strategies. These lessons give you ample practice in long and double reading passages, in addition to experience in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Your score isn't affected by questions left unanswered, and incorrect answers are not penalized.

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