12 Tips to Crush Reading Section of New SAT
The New SAT scoring mechanics combine your marks for the reading and writing sections. The reading section is a 65-minute ordeal in which you have to remain focused in answering comprehension questions. The following is a list of tips that will help you ace your exam without the need to worry.
What You Need to Know First
The new structure includes four individual passages and a pair. They will be taken from the subjects History, Social Studies, Science, US and World Literature. Each of the individual passages contain around 600 words. The pair combined is also around similar in length. One or more of these may contain a graph, chart or table. There will be 52 reading questions revolving around these five passages that you need to answer within the given timeframe.
What Questions to Expect
The following are the most common questions you will encounter in the New SAT:
- Inference – questions that ask you to interpret the meaning of certain lines or sentences in the paragraph. The options will be very direct and clear that it will be easy to determine the right and only answer.
- Author Technique – questions that ask you the author’s intent, purpose or writing style based on the passage. This requires a good knowledge of author styles.
- Big Picture – questions that ask you for the overall or general purpose or meaning of the passage.
- Detail – minor questions that require you to point out details in the paragraph or text. It can also ask for the meaning of a particular sentence.
- Function – questions that ask for the purpose or role of a phrase or sentence in relation to the entire passage. You need to have a good understanding of the big picture first to answer this.
- Evidence Support – questions that are related to the subsequent questions. They usually ask if a particular sentence greatly supports or negates your answer to a previous question. More so than often, it lets you choose the best supporting sentence among a set of choices.
How to Score High in the Exam
- Read relentlessly anything and everything. Your goal here is to expand your range. By reading different types of text, you will encounter varied writing styles. Random reading also improves your ability to understand passages in order to derive the meaning.
- Read with the goal of understanding and not quantity. Although more is better in terms of gaining knowledge, it is important that you are able to convert that knowledge into something useful. If you keep on reading material without really being able to understand and interpret it, it will be useless. Do not focus on reading a lot. Gain a lot of knowledge by reading effectively every material you encounter before moving on to the next one.
- Study basic facts and theories. You will find a lot of prep materials that summarize the top things you need to remember on a reading exam. Do not casually brush them aside. Read and take them to heart. They are the foundations in which your understanding will be based on, so you need to know them well.
- Learn to take mental notes during the exam, but don’t overwork. What this means is that you need to focus on one passage at a time and answer all the problems first. Once you are done with one passage, move on to the next and erase all the thoughts you have of the previous one. This will help you clear your mind of unwanted burden and help you focus on what’s in front of you.
- Never worry about the time. Most people make the wrong decisions because of rushing. It is important that you are not shaken by the time limit. In order to ensure that you have enough time answering all the questions, practice reading in an increasing speed during prep. It is the only way you can improve your reading time.
- Always find evidence for your choices. No matter how sure you are of the answer, make sure to review the passage for any evidence that supports it.