The SATs’ reading test focuses on the reading skills and the analysis of information. The reading test consists of multiple-choice questions and some questions are based on passages. Some passages may be paired with other passages, as well.
The questions and passages may consist of informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, but math is required for solving them. So, during the exam, you have to read the passages and interpret the informational graphics to answer the questions. There might be some questions which may be very straightforward, for example, where to locate a piece of information or the idea presented in the passage. For some questions, you will need to understand what the author wanted to imply with the words.
What is needed to ace the SATs’ Reading?
Students with robust vocabularies and rapid reading skills are able to read, comprehend and select solutions in the different sections very promptly. But, even with good writing and reading skills, one can improve further areas which are focused on in the actual exam. Here are some strategies that can greatly improve your scores for the SATs’ English section.
Firstly, you must thoroughly study the SATs’ word lists and official reading material before moving to more challenging study material. It will help you understand the types and pattern of questions and help you make a study plan so that you can build vocabulary and improve reading and understanding of comprehension steadily. As you move to more challenging material, you will be able to read faster.
Building these skills are critical for the SATs’ critical reading tests. Reading good study material helps you learn key strategies in solving the different types of questions and so that you can learn from your mistakes in the early stages.
Reading magazines like the Economist will enhance your vocabulary and improve critical reading skills within weeks. Also, reading classic literature such as War of the Worlds, and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe can also help you get a flair for English.
Always keep a dictionary app installed on your smart devices so that you can quickly find the meaning of new words. The Amazon Kindle has a classical novel section so you can read fiction in that as well.
Grammar can be further improved for the SATs’ exam by studying etymology, which is the study of the origin of words. It helps in identifying a word’s root(s) and its meaning. Etymology also improves vocabulary and helps you make great ‘educated guesses’ on the SATs.
The SATs focus on reasoning, and students who get high scores are usually avid readers, with strong vocabulary skills, and have taken plenty of tests before the actual exam. So, practice is all that makes you a better candidate.
Practice exams help you identify your weak areas and will help you boost your scores. You will be able to differentiate between various sections and can skip default and time-consuming questions. Also, every time you analyze your practice test score, you will be able to rectify your mistakes and not repeat them later.