The SAT Reading test constitutes 50% of your score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT.
Knowing the breakdown helps you understand how important the Reading Test is. However, that does not mean that this section should overwhelm you. You do not have to memorize any formulas or rules. Moreover, you must only know how to strategically tackle each reading passage.
If you’ve been studying for months and are searching for an extra piece of advice, you’ve come to the right place. Additionally, these tips will be of help in case you are feeling doubtful and require some last-minute suggestions. Don’t worry and read further!
Here are our top 6 tips on how you can ace SAT Reading:
- The SAT Reading Test is 65 minutes long with a total of 52 questions. There are 5 passages with corresponding questions. Spend 13 minutes per passage on average. Read through one passage in about 5 minutes. Spending more than 5 minutes will probably compromise your time. However, spending less than 5 minutes could increase the risk of missing critical information. Read through the passage once to get an idea and proceed with the questions.
2. On your SAT Reading test, you will find passages in US & World Literature, History and Social Studies, and Science. You don’t have to complete the passages in chronological order. Start with an easy passage.
3. Don’t waste time reading each word of the passage! Switch from the passage to the questions and focus only on the information you need instead of going through every minor detail.
4. For many of the passages, the first question will ask a question about the main idea of the passage, the narrative viewpoint, or a change that takes place within the passage. Don’t attempt those questions first because you haven’t read the entire passage yet. Instead, answer most of the other questions. This will give you a clear idea of the fundamental themes of the text.
5. There’s no wrong answer penalty on the SAT. Answer every single question and mark a question that you want to skip. However, ensure that you answer that question with a temporary guess just in case you don’t have time to come back to it. Don’t leave skipped questions empty as you may run out of time.
6. Lastly, you may find yourself losing focus or “zoning out”. Change your posture. Sit up straight or lean back on your seat and continue reading. Consequently, this will help you adjust your focus and complete what you were doing.
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