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2) Introduction to SAT’s Critical Reading Section
By chulatutor   on 07/10/15

SAT

2) Introduction to SAT’s Critical Reading Section

 

According to the information in The College Board website, all critical reading questions are multiple-choice questions that can be divided into two question types as follows :

 

Question types# of QuestionsTime
Passage-based reading48Two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section
Sentence completions19
Total: 67Total: 70 minutes

Three types of content are applied in critical reading questions:

Content# of Questions
Extended reasoning42–50
Literal comprehension4–6
Vocabulary in context12–16

 

Passage-based reading questions

 

Passage-based reading questions are taken from different fields, including :

  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities [Arts Commentary, History]
  • Social Sciences [Science and culture]
  • Literary Fiction [Literature]
  • Personal Narrative

Passages often have line numbers or numbered elements that are then referenced in the questions that follow. Reading passages :

– Range in length from 100 to about 850 words

– Have narrative, argumentative, or expository elements

– May be paired with related passages on a shared theme or issue Students will be asked to :

– Determine the meanings of words from their context

– Show their understanding of information directly stated, including the main idea

– Synthesize and analyze information including:

  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding logic of analogies or arguments

– Evaluate the author’s assumptions and techniques

 

Sentence-completion questions

Sentence-completion questions measure students’:

– Knowledge of the meanings of words

– Understanding of how the different parts of a sentence fit together logically

Each sentence-completion question presents students with a sentence that has one or more blanks, with each blank indicating that something has been omitted. The students have to choose the word(s) to complete the sentence that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

 

Source : https://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/about/sections/critical-reading

2) Introduction to SAT’s Critical Reading Section

Each sentence-completion question presents students with a sentence that has one or more blanks, with each blank indicating that something has been omitted.
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