How to Succeed on SAT Reading

Strategies for Success on SAT Reading Comprehension

The SAT Reading Comprehension section can seem daunting, however there are some simple tricks that you can employ to maximize your exam score. Getting a good score on the SAT Reading is crucial to getting a good overall score and for remaining competitive during the college admissions process.

First and foremost, it is essential to have a solid foundation in vocabulary. One word can make the difference between understanding the main point of a passage and misinterpreting it. Additionally, the SAT will directly ask you for the definitions of some words. Expanding your vocabulary base can be accomplished with vigorous memorization through the use of flashcards and other study tools.

While taking the SAT Reading, there are simple steps you can take to increase your score. One of the most crucial strategies is note-taking and highlighting. Highlighting forces you to pay attention to key sentences and arguments while also providing a simplified framework which you can reference when answering multiple choice questions. Note-taking (by which we mean jotting down bullet points to summarize main arguments in the margin) engages the analytical segments of your brain compelling you to anticipate some of the more interpretive questions on the SAT.

These are the core strategies. If you still struggle with the SAT reading then there are some additional strategies you may want to try. One of the most common is to read the multiple choice questions before the passage itself. This lets you answer the questions as you read the passage and focus on the more relevant parts in the reading. However, be warned that some questions are designed to trick you, so sometimes there may seem to be two possible answers when in reality there is only one answer that precisely matches the passage.

Overall, in order to maximize your score on the SAT reading, it is important to begin your preparation early. Our private tutors at Aegis Advisors can help you make a study plan no matter what stage of the review process you’re in. Reach out to us today for further information about SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, AP, and IB tutoring.

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