Improving Your SAT Reading Score

Improving your Reading score on the SAT can seem like a daunting task for many students, but it honestly doesn’t have to be. That is because with a little help from the time-tested SAT Master Strategies program offered by Benthall Test Prep, you’ll have access to a proven program that can make a drastic change to not only your Reading score, but to your overall test score, in as little as six weeks. Our lessons are laid out in a meaningful manner and presented in a way that allows you the greatest chance of success in achieving your target score. Our students typically see an average increase of 217 points on the SAT, and these results speak for themselves. Take a closer look at a few of the ways in which you can improve your Reading score, and trust the team at Benthall Test Prep to help you achieve your dream on the SAT.

Understanding What is Being Assessed

Whether you’ve taken the SAT before or are preparing to take the test for the very first time, understanding what the Reading Test is designed to assess is paramount to achieving a good score. This portion of the SAT assesses your abilities in the areas of critical reading, use of context clues to determine meaning, and analysis of a text. The previously included stand-alone vocabulary section of the test has been eliminated. However, you will still be asked about the meaning of words as determined by their context on some portions of the test. The Reading Test gives you 65 minutes to answer 52 multiple-choice questions based on five passages. Each individual passage is somewhere between 500-750 words in length or a set of paired passages with a total of 500-750 words between the two passages.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

While understanding what is to be assessed is important in improving your reading SAT score, it is equally important to know how to avoid common mistakes that many people make on this section. The first of these is not leaving yourself enough time to complete all of the questions. In the span of 65 minutes, you will be presented with approximately 3000 words and be required to answer 52 questions related to them. Broken down further, each individual passage is paired with 10-11 questions and can be broken down into an average of approximately 13 minutes per passage or set of paired passages. If you are able to maintain this pace throughout, or make up time elsewhere, you will be left with some time remaining at the end of the test to check or review your answers. The next error that many people make is ignoring the context of the passage and missing what the question is asking in regards to that passage. Similarly, people make mistakes in using outside knowledge that is not pertinent to passage under consideration. In addition, many people do not understand how to interpret informational graphics and draw relevant information from them. Finally, people make the common mistake of not properly using the process of elimination on multiple-choice questions to eliminate obvious wrong answers from the start.

Get the Practice That You Need

Just like the other areas of the SAT, one of the best ways to improve your overall score on the Reading test is to get the practice you need by answering authentic SAT practice questions and taking practice tests. With strategic training, Benthall Test Prep offers you consistent practice in a format you can understand. The Reading resources found either in our easy-to-use online course or in our live in-person seminars enables you to take your SAT Reading score to the next level.

Identifying Areas for Improvement in Your Score

If you’ve taken the test before, you already know from looking at your results there are certain areas where you could use some improvement. Whether you knowledge is based on practice test scores or the actual SAT, rectifying those weaknesses now can help ensure an improved score in your future. Focus on the areas that you need the most work in and seek to turn them into strengths through practice, repetition, and focus. Focus on areas where you’re already strong in more of a maintenance capacity so they don’t diminish when you take the test again.

Getting the Right Help When You Need It

Knowing when and where to get help is crucial to achieving a great score on the SAT Reading Test. If you take the test as a junior to create a benchmark you’ll need to do some advanced planning to know when to take the test again in time for college application deadlines. With six-week courses focused on helping you achieve your target score in all areas of the SAT, including Reading, Benthall Test Prep is here to help. If you can’t make one of our live in-person seminars, we also offer an online course designed for your busy lifestyle.

Getting the Right Help, Right When You Need It

Knowing when and where to get help when you need it is important to achieve a great score on the reading portion of the SATs. For many people that take the test as a junior as a benchmark to see where they are currently at, this can mean backward planning so that they know when they will need to take it again to apply for college. With six-week courses focused on helping you achieve your goal score in all areas of the SAT, including reading, Benthall Test Prep is here to help. If you can’t make one of our lecture series, we also offer an online course that is designed for your busy lifestyle.