The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT® Reading, 2nd Ed.


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This updated version of The Critical Reader has been revised to reflect the content of the redesigned SAT. Intended to clearly and systematically demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the exam, this book provides a comprehensive and in-depth review of the skills tested on SAT Reading for students who are serious about raising their scores.

Read a preview of the second edition.

Read a preview of the third edition (forthcoming July 2017), aligned with the updated (2018) Official Guide.


  • A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of question types, with in-depth explanations and numerous examples demonstrating how to work through each type.
  • Techniques for comprehending complex passages and identifying key information quickly and efficiently.
  • Extensive strategies for simplifying and answering paired supporting evidence questions as well as informational graphic questions.
  • A list of alternate definitions of common words, plus strategies for using context clues to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary.

To allow students to apply the strategies outlined in this book to College Board material while focusing on the specific areas in which they are seeking to improve, this book also includes a list of all the Reading questions from the Khan Academy exams/College Board Official Guide, 3rd Edition (2015), arranged both by category and by test.

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Weight 2 lbs