What is in the English Reading and Writing sections of the SAT? Are there strategies that can help students get higher scores? Chyten can help!

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SAT English Reading, WritingChyten instructors are equipped to tutor students in all subjects, and includes Ph.D. and master’s degree recipients in fields such as engineering, physics, molecular biology, cultural and world history, and the English language.

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SAT Reading

The new SAT Reading Test has four single passages and one set of paired passages. Each passage or pair is 500–750 words in length and is accompanied by 10 to 11 multiple-choice questions, for a total of 52 questions. Students have 65 minutes to finish this section of the test.

There are four distinct groupings (and several subgroupings) of question types that are best explained by the acronym VEGA:

  • V = Vocabulary (Vocabulary in Context)
  • E = Evidence (Command of Evidence)
  • G = Graphics (Graphical Analysis)
  • A = Analysis (Specific Content Analysis)

To prepare for this first and longest section of the SAT, we suggest working to speed up your reading to ensure that you’ll be able to balance your time between the five sections and get to all 52 questions before time runs out.

Brush up on your vocabulary and your ability to differentiate the meaning of words based on context clues. When you answer questions, be sure that you can point to evidence in each passage that your answer is correct. And make sure you know how to read charts, graphs and tables.

SAT Writing and Language

The new SAT Writing and Language section is designed to test your knowledge of the written word. Student will be asked 44 multiple-choice questions and have 35 minutes to complete this second section of the test. Students will be required to:

  • Select the most concise and/or accurate phrase or sentence to express a thought or opinion
  • Select the most apt description of a person, situation, or action
  • Reorganize, replace, or remove words within a sentence, or sentences within a paragraph
  • Identify appropriate conjunctions and logical connections between sentences and paragraphs
  • Identify agreeing parts of sentences—tense, mood, amount, and modifiers
  • Identify incorrect or unnecessary words, sentences, or clauses
  • Identify correct punctuation, including possessive cases, and overall passage structure

To prepare for the SAT Writing and Language section, study the most common grammar, usage and punctuation rules. In addition to reading literature, nonfiction essays and newspaper articles can be great sources for practice.

One of the best ways to test your understanding of the SAT English Reading and Writing tests is to take advantage of the Chyten SAT Actual Conditions Practice Test to work on your pacing and identify the types of questions you’re comfortable with and those on which you need more help. Call Chyten at 800-428-TEST (800-428-8378) to learn more.

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