SAT Reading Test: content areas
In this series of articles, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the SAT Reading Test. On the Test, you will encounter a variety of passages broken into three content areas:
U.S. and World Literature.
- The Social Science subarea includes passages that deal with information and ideas drawn from the fields of anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, human geography, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology and their various subfields. Social Science passages will sometimes include graphics or pairs of passages. Questions will ask you to determine relationships between the graphic or to analyze how two paired passages relate to one another.
- The Founding Documents/Great Global Conversations include classic and contemporary texts by American and international authors who are grappling with political, legal, social, moral, and ethical issues in an attempt to answer a simple but profound question: How should we live together? Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation texts may also appear in pairs.