How are SAT Critical Reading Sections Organized?

February 24, 2009 by  
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SAT Critical Reading consists of 67 questions in three sections:

SAT Critical Reading (CR) tests 3 types of questions:

  • 19 Sentence Completions (SC)
    A sentence with one or two words missing. Choose which missing word(s) that best complete the sentence.  Sentence Completion questions appear in order of difficulty.
  • 8 Short Passage (SP)
    A one paragraph passage to read and interpret. Questions can also compare two passages.  Short Passage questions do NOT appear in order of difficulty.
  • 40 Long Passage (LP) A multiple paragraph passage to read and interpret. Questions can also compare two passages. Long Passage Reading questions do NOT appear in order of difficulty.

Notice that unlike Sentence completions, Passage Reading questions do NOT appear in order of difficulty. This means that easy questions can often be waiting for you at the end of each Critical Reading section.

40px-face-winksvgTip: Always make sure to finish the entire Critical Reading section so you can answer easy questions that may be at the end. The big temptation on the Critical Reading section is to spend too much time on the shorter Sentence Completion questions at the beginning, and not leave enough time for the Long Passage questions, which take more time to read but often include easier questions near the end.

For more on Critical Reading timing strategies, click here.

From my SAT training guide: SAT Unlocked.

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