You read all the time, but is your reading up to SAT standards? This quiz will find out!
Founded by College Board in 1946, the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) has been used for decades to test students across the country on a level playing field. While the tides may be turning—with over 1000 colleges and universities making the standardized tests optional, and college admissions scandals damaging the test’s credibility, it still is crucial for most students to ace the test. The Reading portion of the test is one of three portions for students to master (the other sections are Writing and Math).
The SAT used to have a reputation for intentionally creating questions to trick students, and the English portion of the test had some of the most tricky. The current reading test, though, takes out the tricky components and focuses on the reading skills that students will actually use in college and daily life. The test doesn’t use obscure vocabulary, but instead it focuses on words that have multiple meanings and tests students’ ability to discern what common words means in context.
The Reading test is not based entirely on literature. It tests four different areas: history, literature, social science, and natural science. The questions focus on how deeply students have comprehended the passages and often asks them to select evidence to support their understanding. The makers of the SAT believe that reading and interpreting these various texts are essential skills that high school grads should posses. How do you measure up? Scroll on to find out!