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Last reply by: Professor Selhorst-Jones
Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:46 PM

Post by Shao Zhang on March 24, 2015

i have two month before the sat. what kind of book do you recommend me reading?

Introduction to Critical Reading

  • Critical Reading is broken into two subsections:
    • Sentence Completion (vocabulary),
    • Passage-Based Reading (reading comprehension).
  • Sentence Completion follows the normal rules for increasing difficulty, but Passage-Based Reading does not. Instead, its questions are (mostly) ordered based on where they appear in the text.
  • There are a total of 67 Critical Reading questions on the SAT. Of those, 19 are Sentence Completion, while the other 48 are Passage-Based Reading.
  • Each Sentence Completion question presents you with a sentence that has a blank (or two). It's your job to choose the appropriate word(s) to fit in the blank(s).
  • The Passage-Based Reading questions ask questions about a passage of text or (much less often) require you to answer a question involving two related passages.
  • If you want to improve on the Critical Reading section, the best thing to do is to read regularly. It will help your comprehension, vocabulary, and even increase your writing skills. Seriously: READ.
  • What makes the best reading material? Pretty much whatever you'll actually read on your own. If you want something that's like the texts on the SAT, try newspapers and magazines like Time, The New Yorker, etc. But the most important thing is to just read regularly.

Introduction to Critical Reading

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Legal Disclaimer 0:09
  • Welcome to Critical Reading 0:18
  • The Breakdown 0:42
    • Two Subsections
    • Sentence Completion
    • Passage-Based Reading
  • Increasing Difficulty… Sorta 1:23
    • Sentence Completion Questions Are Ordered by Difficulty
    • Passage-Based Reading Section is Not Ordered by Difficulty
  • Composition of Questions 2:46
    • Critical Reading Section Questions
  • Anatomy of a Sentence Completion Question 3:44
    • Example: Sentence Completion
  • Anatomy of a Reading Question 4:58
    • Majority of Questions Will Reference a Specific Part of the Passage
    • Example
  • Order 6:26
    • That's Not the Only Way to Do It Though
  • The Best Strategy 7:43
    • Read!
  • What to Read? 8:54
    • Get in the Habit of Reading Books
    • Level of Reading
    • Find Something That You Want to Read