Critical Reading is the section of the SATs that determines how well students grasp what they read. This section is a game of balance between how much time you spend reading, how well you absorb the information, and how much time you spend writing. If you are fortunate a good foundation for critical reading will have started for you in primary school. However, it does not rule out the need for SAT Vocab practice.
The SAT test includes a variety of paragraphs, ranging approximately 100 to 800 words long, on several different topics in the fields of natural and social sciences, humanities, and literary fiction. The corresponding questions will require you to determine the meaning of words, understand the main idea of the paragraph, analyze the information, and evaluate the author’s arguments and style.
For example: you will be given a sentence with a word missing and multiple choices options for the word that best fits into the sentence. A good way to prepare for this on your own is to jot down unfamiliar words that you come across everyday and study the meaning. The better your vocabulary the easier it will be to differentiate between words with similar – but not exactly the same – meaning. SAT tools such as ePrep include a vocabulary-building tool in the program.
Also, keep in mind that the answers to whatever question can be found within the paragraph; there is no need for prior knowledge of the subject. Good advice is to work with what you have, be aware of how much time you are spending on reading and responding, and answer the easiest questions first. Most of all, don’t forget to practice your SAT Vocab words. You can get started with SAT Vocab prep for as little as $99.