SAT CRITICAL READING
PASSAGE-BASED READING QUESTIONS
Tips on Handling
Passage-Based Reading Questions
Try to Anticipate What the Passage Is About
As you read the italicized introductory material preceding the passage and tackle the passage’s opening sentences, try to anticipate what the passage will be about. Ask yourself who or what the author is writing about. Recollect what else you may have read about the topic. You’ll be in a better position to understand what you read.
On sections with both short and long reading passages, tackle the short passages first. Consider the paired short reading passages a warmup for the paired long reading passages that appear later in the test.