Introduction to the SATs English
The SAT English test comprises 50% of the total points, maximum 800, and is vital for getting into your dream school. It tests your vocabulary, reading comprehension, and grammar skills as part of the SAT. The reading test consists of comprehension skills, reading passages and sentence completions. The writing tests include grammar, usage and word choice, and multiple-choice questions are focused on identifying sentence errors.
How to improve SAT English?
Once you have familiarized yourself with the SATs’ English question patterns, the most logical step would be to actively engage in reading non-fiction on a daily basis. The New Yorker Magazine is an excellent source of articles spanning from politics to culture.
SAT scores depend a lot on your critical reading skills. You can also try reading newspapers and scientific journals in your free time so that you are accustomed to reading a variety of topics.
Also, reading need not be a passive activity, you can have an active engagement with it as well by making notes or looking up the meanings of new words. Another excellent way to improve your reading skills is by summarizing the articles that you have read in a precise manner by writing it down in a notebook or app.
You can also try to find the main idea of a passage in the shortest period of time and try to retain the information by scribbling near the margin. Once you are in the habit of reading and summarizing non-fiction articles every day, not only you will learn new things, but you are also improving your reading and writing skills.
The SATs’ reading section is designed to be difficult to finish in the time provided. So, by the end of the test, students often rush to answer questions and many times mark wrong options. Some people may not be able to finish their test.
So, if you want to improve your score in this section, you need to be a fast reader. Or, you can try skimming the passages to quickly answer the questions. With this method, you do not need to focus on every single detail given in the passage, but rather try to get the overall idea of the passage as well as for each paragraph. Skimming passages requires patience and regular practice. So, it is highly recommended that you start skimming practice, with practice tests, so that you master the trick before the actual SATs.
You can save a lot of time by skipping time-consuming questions in favor of easier or better-known questions. You can quickly decide whether to answer a particular question or not, and skip it so that you don’t waste time on it.
You can master this strategy pretty quickly, by taking practice tests. If, even after reading a question, you are not sure how to answer it, you can simply move on or mark your closest guess. Once you have finished the entire section, you can revisit them and decide whether to answer them or not.