SAT Reading Test
The SAT reading test is 65 minutes long and consists of 52 multiple choice questions.
SAT Reading Test Structure
The SAT reading test will consist of the following five passages reading sections in no particular order:
– 1 literature passage.
– 1 passage (or a pair of passages) that inspired politics and/or governance.
– 1 social science passage.
– 2 science passages (or 1 passage and 1 passage pair) that discusses biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics.
Read the questions – not the rest of the passage
The questions will direct you to the part of the passage that contains the information you need to correctly answer the question. What more could you want? (Than the actual answer of course!)
Note: Should the question not give you a line number, it should be relatively easy to scan the passage for the key word or phrase, ex. Aristotle.
Remember time is of the essence
You will waste too much time if you read the entire passage and then begin the questions. Remember this is a timed test and you are not being graded on your reading form. (Yes, we know this is an ironic way to approach the reading section. But trust us and your p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e that this is a very powerful technique!)
Read a line above and a line below those specified in the question
This will insure that you catch the entire context of the reading relating to the question.
Expect to see incorrect answers that seek to exploit those test takers who do not read these additional lines.
Answer the questions in the order they are asked except…
Because the SAT reading test questions are arranged in chronological order, answering them in order allows you to move right along. However, if you come across a question which relates to the “general summary/general tone” of the passage before the end of the series of questions, you are well advised to skip it until you have answered the other questions. By the time you do answer these questions, you should have a good idea how to answer the question.
If you find yourself still unable to answer the question, read the first sentence of each paragraph. You should not invest the time to read the entire passage for this one question unless it is necessary and you have time left over at the end of the section.