5) Passage-based Reading: Types of Passages
It is much easier when you have in mind what to expect from SAT Reading Passages. Let’s take a look at passage types you’ll see on the SAT Passage-Based Reading.
There are 3 Critical Reading sections. The passage-based reading is the most important part of these sections since from which you will earn a bulk of your point. Passages are combined with fiction and non-fiction. Some of the passages rewrite textbooks. Others are like magazines’ articles or letters to the editor. And others are excerpt from novels or stories. Well, what you have at least in the SAT is one fiction and one non-fiction.
Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, the length of passages is either short or long.
For each short passage, you will get a paragraph of text which typically accompanied by 2 questions.
For a long passage, you will get several paragraphs and a lot more questions. The number of questions depends on the length of the passage.
Both types of passages come with a number of question types; e.g. vocabulary-based question type asking for synonyms of the word, specific lines question, and organization of sentence or paragraph in the passage. The most difficult question type asks you to answer about generalizations about the passage as a whole.
The questions on both types of passages are arranged in order of what part of the passage they talk about. They are not arranged in order of the difficulties. The first question might be the hardest and the last question might be the easiest one. Also, the questions on short passage aren’t the easier. Both short and long passages can have the same degree of difficulties.
Paired passages or Comparisons make it more difficult about two related passages. The paired passages can be short or long. If you get a short paired passage, you will answer 4 questions. If you get long paired passages, more questions will be asked, depending on the passage length.
For comparisons, you’ll get some questions on each individual passage. But you’ll also get some questions asking you to compare and contrast the two passages. For example, the question asking “Which of the following is addressed in Passage 1, but not in Passage 2?,” you have to use evidence from both passages.
Now that you know what kind of questions you will see and how they will be distributed.
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