The SAT® Evidence-Based Reading section has five passages in total and three types of passages. Each test will have two historical/literary passages, two scientific passages, and one dual passage that focuses on compare and contrast. First, the historical passages are based on early English authors like Charles Dickens. These passages give students trouble with old timey, challenging language. Most questions ask for standard literary analysis that students are familiar with from English or Language Arts class during high school. Next, the scientific passages are easier to master than the historical passages. All science passages are organized/structured similarly in the steps of the scientific method, so it’s easier for students to follow along even if they may be confused by the actual science. Lastly, the dual passage tests students on their abilities to compare and contrast main ideas as well as key points between two different arguments.
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