When preparing for the SAT, it’s important that you take a well-rounded approach. Yes, you need to do everything in your power to familiarize yourself with the material that will be on the test, but you also need to learn how to take the test. Today, we’re going to focus on the critical reading SAT section and what you can do to perform the best of your ability.
Here are 3 tips for succeeding on the critical reading SAT section:
- Approach each answer option as though it’s wrong. Okay, this might sound counterintuitive, but bear with me. When you’re reading over a question and it’s potential answers, don’t mull over the reasons why each answer might be correct. Instead, consider why each answer might be wrong. This makes it much more clear what the appropriate choice is, especially when you’re debating between two answers you think are “equally” correct.
- On the long passages, always read the blurb first. This will help you get a general idea of what the passage is about and what the author’s tone is, which can make it easier to discern intent. Then, as you’re reading through the passage, really try to take an active interest in the subject. This will help you to retain the information it contains more accurately and answer the questions about it with greater ease.
- Keep the big picture in mind. On the long passage again, try not to get bogged down in the details. If you need to answer a question about a detail from the passage, there will be line references numbers so you can go back and review that specific content. There’s no need to hold all the info from the passage in your head.
These are just a couple of ways to improve your critical reading SAT score.