SAT I Prep : Critical Reading

SAT I has a section of Critical Reading that comprises unseen passages and sentence completion questions. It has Two Sections of 25 Minutes and One section of 20 Minutes. This section is designed to test your ability to read and understand written English so as to test your abilty to survive a university course in English medium. There are two types of questions: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Completion.

Reading Comprehension

The length of passages under reading comprehension varies. You may have short paragraphs with two questions or longer ones with 13 questions.

What does this section test?

The RCs are designed to test your ability to understand a written English piece and analyze it through the questions asked.

How can you prepare for this section?

  • Learn skimming. This means learn to read more words at a time, skipping names, unimportant full forms and terminology. Skimming a passage means you know how to cull in only vital information from the English piece that you read.
  • Learn faster comprehension by focusing on the Central Idea/Purpose of the author in the passage. This focus will help you get to the point of the passage more quickly, ultimately helping you to answer questions.
  • Practise 3-4 passages in a day and analyze them thoroughly. Find out reasons why certain questions went wrong. This would help you get to the crux of your problem.
  • Identify question types like: deductive; vocabulary-based; assumption-based, interpretative questions. Observe their correct option and find out how you can arrive at the right one every time.
  • Read a lot. Read fiction, newspapers, and magazines, almost anything you can lay your hands on.
  • Work on your vocabulary through word list and reading.

Sentence-completion questions

The sentence-completion questions have sentences that have 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.Sentence completion questions account for about one quarter of the marks for the critical reading section of SAT I.

What does this section test?

Sentence-completion questions measure students' knowledge of the meaning of words, analytical abilities in being able to fit parts of the sentence together and logical abilities.

How can you prepare for this section?

  • If you are a reader, you will have good vocabulary. If you are not, work a lot on the wordlist.
  • Get as many practice questions of SAT sentence completion as possible.
  • Analyze your mistakes. Understand what each question is testing and in what direction the paragraph is leading.
  • Practise reading and comprehension.
SAT I Prep : Critical Reading
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