SAT Reading and Writing

The Reading and Writing section of the digital SAT Suite assessments is designed to measure students’ attainment of critical college and career readiness in literacy. The section focuses on key elements of comprehension, rhetoric, and language use that the best available evidence identifies as necessary for college readiness and success. In this section, students answer multiple-choice questions requiring them to read, comprehend, and use information and ideas in texts; analyze the craft and structure of texts; revise texts to improve the rhetorical expression of ideas; and edit texts to conform to core conventions of Standard English.

Different Sections on the SAT Reading and Writing

The major areas that SAT Reading and Writing tests on:

Craft and Structure

Measures the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, andm reasoning skills and knowledge needed to understand and use high-utility words and phrases in context, evaluate texts rhetorically, and make connections between topically related texts

Information and Ideas

Measures comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills and knowledge and the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information and ideas from texts and informational graphics (tables, bar graphs, and line graphs)

Standard English Conventions

Measures the ability to edit texts to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation

Expression of Ideas

Measures the ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of written expression and to meet specific rhetorical goals

SAT Reading No. of passages No. of Questions Time (in minutes)
Various Short Passages 54 64

SAT Reading Scoring Pattern

The raw score on the SAT Reading is the number of questions the student gets correct in the section. There is no negative marking in this section. The raw score is then scaled to the Reading Test score ranging from 10 – 40. This Reading Test score is then combined with the Writing and Language Test score to reach the EBRW section score that ranges from 200-800.

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Should I do the passages in the same order as they appear on the test?

It is not necessary to follow the same order as it is given in the question paper. You can decide the order, but the section should be completed within the stipulated 65 minutes. Once you finish the section, and the time is up. you are not allowed to visit it again. 

Do I need prior knowledge of the topics to crack the Reading section?

Prior knowledge is not required in the SAT Reading section. All the information that is needed to answer the questions is in the passage. 

Is it possible to score 800 on the SAT EBRW section?

Yes, it is possible to score 800 on the EBRW. You have to get all the questions correct in both the reading and writing and language sections.

What are paired passages?

One of the history or science passages will contain two short passages instead of one long passage. Both passages deal with the same topic

Do I need to learn a lot of vocabulary for SAT Reading?

SAT doesn’t test you on arcane vocabulary anymore. But you should develop your skills to identify the contextual meaning of the common words used in the passages. 

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