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The SAT REASONING TEST is widely used by admission committee across many universities and colleges as a test to measure the critical thinking skills students must possess for their academic performance in colleges. The new redesigned test evaluates how students can analyze and resolve problems. Students must understand the logical construction of the passage and how different parts of the passage are connected. Students can follow one of the two strategies to approach the reading comprehension section of the SAT:

  1. Skim the passage and then read the questions.
  2. Read the questions first and then the passage if the need be.

SAT reasoning questions fall under 3 main categories:

  • The Evidence-Based Questions:

These paired questions have been incorporated into the revised SAT test to reinforce the reasoning skills that are crucial for tackling reading comprehensions. One must be aware of the various traps hidden in the answer choices and impostors on the SAT test. While attempting the evidence based questions, students must follow a smart strategy. Since the twin questions can always confuse the students, it is recommended not to look at the options of the first question, instead try to figure out the answer by reading the lines mentioned. It sounds simple, but it takes a lot of practice to identify the right pair of answer in these question-types. If the answer choices can still be confusing, analyse each word discreetly. Because there is always one word that deviates from the author’s intent making the answer choice incorrect. 

  • Data Reasoning Questions:

The new redesigned SAT has incorporated table, charts, as well as other figures with data or information to test the reasoning skills the students have acquired during their study in the school curriculum. It evaluates the ability of the students to analyze the information contained in the figure and assess how this information logically fits in the overall context of the passage or how it adds credence to the author’s argument.

  • Inference-Based Questions:

Inclusion of inference-based questions on the SAT has been quite challenging to most test-takers. These question types can focus on a particular line, a paragraph or an entire passage. The key to remember while answering these questions is that it can neither be subjective nor ambiguous. These questions assess the ability of the students to understand what the particular line, paragraph or the whole passage mean.

These question-types are further classified as three:

*Deduction: these questions expect the students to find about what additional logical information can be added to the information already stated in the passage. To put in simpler words, these questions require the students to fill in the blank. Students need to think out of the box to answer such questions and this should be the main focus while prepping up for such questions on the SAT.

*Speculation: these questions focus on the supposed meaning of an argument or a statement in the passage. Students are expected to critically analyze and speculate what could be the meaning of the given line. Students need to choose specific answers while attempting such inference questions.

*Examination: these are the most complicated inference-based questions. These questions expect the test taker to think like the author, narrator, or any other character mentioned in the passage. These question types are mainly seen on the paired passages. 

SAT is not a hard nut to crack.  Develop and follow a smart strategy that can enhance your reasoning skills in order to ace the test. Any test can be cracked with ease if one prepares systematically and with the right state of mind.