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What are some effective SAT Reading strategies?

I've been working on my SAT prep, but my Reading scores aren't where I want them to be. Do you have any suggestions or techniques that might help me boost my performance in this section?

7 months ago

Hi there! I totally get how challenging the SAT Reading section can be, but there are definitely some strategies that can help you improve your performance. First, try to break down your approach into steps. Here's a plan you might find helpful:

1. Preview the passage: Before you start reading, take a moment to skim the passage. Look for headings, bold or italicized text, and other cues that can give you an idea of what you'll be reading about.

2. Read the questions first: This may seem counterintuitive, but knowing the questions in advance can help you focus on the details of the passage that you'll need to answer them. Just be sure not to spend too much time on this step.

3. Actively read: As you read the passage, underline or make notes of examples, main points, or key phrases mentioned in the questions. This will help you when you go back to answer the questions.

4. Practice time management: The SAT Reading section is timed, so it's essential to develop a good pace. Create a balance between reading and answering questions – don't dwell on a single question for too long.

5. Eliminate wrong answers: Often, there will be one or two answer choices that seem completely off base. Eliminate those first, then focus on selecting the best answer from the remaining options.

Remember, practice is key, so keep working on those strategies! Best of luck!

7 months ago

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