Kristen O’Toole, director of online content for The Princeton Review, has been writing and editing books and digital materials on test prep and college admissions for 10 years. She has contributed to many annual editions of The Best Colleges, The Complete Book of Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back. Prior to joining The Princeton Review, she worked in book publishing, taught creative writing for high school students and wrote a young adult thriller. She holds a BA in English from Bates College and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.

The Reading Test on the SAT comprises half of your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. It consists of 52 questions divided between five different passages, each of which ranges from 500-750 words long. There will be one literature passage, two science passages and two history/social studies passages. Each passage will be followed by 10-11 questions, which will begin with general ideas and become more specific.

You only have 65 minutes to read all the passages and answer all the questions, so it’s essential to have a plan! Consider these eight steps to help you conquer the exam.

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