The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Reading, 3rd Edition

The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Reading, 3rd Edition

by Erica L. Meltzer

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The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Reading, 3rd Edition by Erica L. Meltzer

Intended to clearly and systematically demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the SAT, The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT® Reading, 3rd Edition, provides a comprehensive review of the reading skills tested on the redesigned exam for students who are serious about raising their scores.


-A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of question types, with in-depth explanations and numerous examples demonstrating how to work through each type.

-Techniques for comprehending complex passages and identifying key information quickly and efficiently.

-Extensive strategies for simplifying and answering paired supporting evidence questions as well as graph- and chart-based data analysis questions.

-A list of alternate definitions of common words, plus strategies for using context clues to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary.

To allow students to apply the strategies outlined in this book to College Board material while focusing on the specific areas in which they are seeking to improve, this book also includes a list of all the Reading questions from the Official College Board SAT Guide, 2018 Edition, arranged both by category and by test.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997517873
Publisher: The Critical Reader
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

How to Use This Book 14

Suggested Reading 16

Introduction to SAT® Reading 19

1. Vocabulary in Context 43

2. Making the Leap: Moving from Concrete to Abstract 65

3. The Big Picture 79

4. Introduction to Supporting Evidence Questions 117

5. Same Idea, Different Words: Literal Comprehension 131

6. Reasonable Inferences 158

7. Extended Reasoning 189

8. Reading for Function 203

9. Tone and Attitude 232

10. Rhetorical Strategy and Passage Organization 255

11. Paired Passages 276

12. Graphics and Data Analysis 300

Appendix A: Official Guide/Khan Academy Questions by Category 335

Appendix B: Official Guide/Khan Academy Questions by Test 340

Reprints and Permissions 345

About the Author 349

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