How to Accelerate SAT Reading and Writing Score Gains
While the reading and writing portion of the SAT exam has long had a significant critical reading component, the “new SAT” introduced in 2016 focuses to an even greater extent on critical reading in its Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. In essence, this element of the SAT is a test of a student’s ability to interpret college-level reading material.
If students read, think about, and learn how to understand very sophisticated and complex texts, in addition to the obvious benefits of simply building these skills for the sake of being a more discerning reader and writer, they will do well on this portion of the SAT exam. Unfortunately, most students rarely encounter adequately sophisticated prose. The average high school senior tends to choose material at the 7th grade level when they choose to read. At the same time, high school textbooks have continued to simplify the reading level such that high school seniors will often be studying history written at a 9th or 10th grade reading level. Finally, even those students who do work with a few challenging texts for an AP Literature class, for example, are often rushing to get through the prose (or even using Cliff's Notes).Read More