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ACE the Reading Comprehension (RC) in NEW SAT

Reading comprehension has always been the most feared question category in Verbal section of SATs. But for the NEW (Redesigned) SAT, we can easily strategise the attack on Reading Comprehension!!

Let us get to know the RC of the New SAT:

  • There are going to be 5 passages (one literature passage, two of Science and two of History or Social studies). Each passage consisting of 10 or 11 questions.
  • Some passages will contain data in the form of tables or graphs.
  • You are supposed to interpret the data and place it in the context of the overall passage.
  • A new question category: In passages we will see questions building up on each other. e.g. question number 15 will ask to “find evidence that supports your answer to the previous question”.
  • In Science based passage, you are not supposed to know any formulas or subject knowledge. All the questions will be based on the information provided in the passage only.
  • The questions will be chronologically ordered. e.g. if first question is from line number 8-10, then next questions (excluding main theme questions: questions which ask central idea of the passage, inference from the passage etc.) will be on passage after line 10.

Easy going strategies:

  • Taking advantage of the chronological orders of the questions. We should start from the first question to the end.
  • Skip the questions asking about the main theme of the passage or central idea about the passage. Skip these questions for time being, we will come back to them later once we are done with the data based questions (questions which directly refer to a particular line/paragraph of the passage).
  • Evidence based questions are kind of freebie! Two questions for one answer (provided you get the first answer 😛 ). Always slow down when you see a evidence based question, take your time to answer the first question and then verify the answer using the options of the second question (this strategy could be best explained through a passage).
  • You will see the benefits of this strategy when you come back to the skipped main theme questions. By the time to come back to the main theme questions, you must have solved all other data based factual questions (referring to particular locations in a passage) and other evidence based questions. So when you are already done through all other questions, you must have got a rough idea about the central idea of the passage, and solving the main theme questions now would be easier as compared to doing it in the first place.

Practicing these strategies is the key to improvise your accuracy on Reading comprehension.