SAT CRITICAL READING WORKBOOK

PART 1 INTRODUCING THE SAT: CRITICAL READING SKILLS

Nature of the Test

Overview and Content

The Critical Reading Sections

  Sentence Completion Questions

  Passage-Based Reading Questions

Before the Test

  Six Months Before

  Two Months Before

  The Night Before

During the Test

  Use Time Wisely

  Center on the Test

PART 2 SELF-ASSESSMENT

Overview and Content

SELF-ASSESSMENT TEST

Answer Key

Analysis of Test Results

Answer Explanations

PART 3 SENTENCE COMPLETION QUESTIONS

Overview

Tips on Handling Sentence Completion Questions

  Before You Look at the Answer Choices, Think of a Word That Makes Sense

  Spot Clues in the Sentence: Signal Words

  Notice Negatives

  Words Have Many Meanings: Stay Alert

  Break Down Unfamiliar Words, Looking for Familiar Word Parts

  Take One Blank at a Time

Sentence Completion Exercises

  Level A

  Level B

  Level C

Answers to Sentence Completion Exercises

Answer Explanations

PART 4 PASSAGE-BASED READING QUESTIONS

Overview

Tips on Handling Passage-Based Reading Questions

  Try to Anticipate What the Passage Is About

  Pick Your Questions to Answer

  Read Purposefully: Passage, Questions, and Answer Choices

  Go Back to the Passage to Double-Check Your Answer Choices

  Tackle Paired Passages One Passage at a Time

Passage-Based Reading Exercises

  Level A

  Level B

  Level C

Answers to Passage-Based Reading Exercises

Answer Explanations

PART 5 BUILDING YOUR VOCABULARY

Overview

Tips on Building Your Vocabulary

  Read Widely to Develop Your Feeling for Words

  Use Memory Tricks to Keep New Words in Your Active Vocabulary

  Create Your Own Unique Flash Cards

  Passage 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Custom House” (Preface to The Scarlet Letter)

  Acquaint Yourself with Word Parts—Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots—to Expand Your Vocabulary

  Work Through the SAT High-Frequency Word List to Expand Your College-Level Vocabulary

SAT High-Frequency Word List

Basic Word Parts

  Common Prefixes

  Common Roots and Stems

  Common Suffixes

PART 6 TESTS FOR PRACTICE

CRITICAL READING TEST 1

  Answer Key

  Analysis of Test Results

  Answer Explanations

CRITICAL READING TEST 2

  Answer Key

  Analysis of Test Results

  Answer Explanations

CRITICAL READING TEST 3

  Answer Key

  Analysis of Test Results

  Answer Explanations