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What's the SAT Verbal stuff all about?

Hey friends! Just started SAT prep and the Verbal section is kinda vague to me. Could someone who’s been through it share what exactly I need to prep for?

7 months ago

Hey there! I'm glad you're diving into your SAT prep. The SAT Verbal consists of the Reading and Writing & Language sections. For the Reading section, you're looking at passages from different genres including literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences. The key is to understand the main ideas, find details, and make inferences. You'll also need to interpret data from charts and graphs that accompany some passages.

The Writing & Language section focuses on 'Standard English Conventions' like grammar and usage, and 'Expression of Ideas,' which is all about improving sentences and passages to make them more concise and clear. To prepare, practicing with actual SAT practice tests is invaluable. As you practice, you'll get a feel for the types of questions you'll encounter and can work on time management—I always remind my students to keep track of time without rushing.

Also, reading broadly can help a lot! Try to read articles from reputable sources or even novels that challenge you a bit; this can improve your reading comprehension and vocabulary for those tricky passages. Good luck with your preparation! Just remember, consistent practice is key to getting comfortable with the format and the types of questions you'll see on test day.

7 months ago

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