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Introduction to the SAT Reading test

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hi my name is Elizabeth and I helped create the SAT in this video I'm going to tell you about the section of the new SAT called the reading test we'll go over what it tests how its scored and what you can expect to see on it the new SAT is made up of two main sections math and evidence-based reading and writing and the evidence-based reading and writing section is made up of two tests reading and writing in language so let's learn more about the reading test the reading test is designed to measure how ready you are to read and interpret the kinds of texts you're likely to encounter in college and in your career the reading test is scored on a scale of 10 to 14 your score on the reading test and your score on the writing and language test combined to give you your evidence based reading and writing score which is on a scale of 200 to 800 when you get your SAT scores you'll also see some sub scores along with some of the questions on the writing and language test some questions on the reading test will ask you to interpret the meanings of words based on the context of the passages in which they appear these questions contribute to your words in context sub score other questions on the reading test again along with some of the questions on the writing a language test will ask you to interpret synthesize and use evidence found in a wide range of sources including graphics and a variety of texts these questions will contribute to your command of evidence sub square both of these sub scores are on a scale of 1 to 15 in addition to sub scores you'll also see some cross test scores these scores will be reported on a scale of 10 to 40 and will be based on selected questions from the reading writing and language and math tests that reflects the application of reading writing language and math skills in history social studies and science contexts all of these scores help to build a better more detailed picture of your college and career readiness ok now back to the reading test and what it looks like all of the questions on the reading test are linked to a passage a pair of passages or passage with an informational graphic or graphics think of tables charts and graphs the reading test has five passages that vary in length from 500 to 750 words each every passage or pair of passage has 10 or 11 questions with it for a total of 50 two questions you'll have 65 minutes to read the passages and answer the questions on each test you can expect to see at least one pair of passages and at least one passage with an informational graphic or graphics for example here's a single social science passage followed by a bar graph let's take a minute to talk about the different types of passages in the reading test you're going to see both literary and informational passages literary passages will be drawn from works of fiction usually an excerpt from a short story or novel from the US or other parts of the world the informational passages will be drawn from published non-fiction works in the area of history social studies and science you can expect to see at least one science passage at least one social science passage and at least one passage from the founding documents along the lines of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or from the great global conversations such works inspire the purposes of the passages will vary the purpose might be to tell a story make an argument explain a study or experiment and so on the passages will also cover a range of complexity from texts written at a ninth grade level up to what you would expect to see early in college or other post-secondary training now let's talk about the types of questions that are on the reading test generally the questions fall into three main categories you'll see questions about the information and ideas in the passage that is what the passage says directly or what it implies you'll also see questions that ask about the rhetoric in the passage think about structure purpose and the craft of writing these questions ask how the author of the passage says something and you'll see questions that ask you to synthesize information by asking you to draw connections between two related passages or between a passage and an informational graphic or graphics if you'd like to know more about the reading test questions you'll be able to see videos that give an in-depth look at the different question types how they work and what they look like so that's the introduction to the reading test now try reading a few passages and answering some practice questions to get familiar with the SAT