Disc 3: Critical Reading

Critical Reading SAT

Disc 3: examines the Critical Reading portion of the SAT.

This disc examines sentence completion questions on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT. How to approach these questions is explained, and numerous example problems are fully examined.


Contents [Index numbers, found in the lower right-hand corner of each panel both on-screen and in the workbook, are formatted Disc#-Panel#. The first number refers to the disc the lesson is on, and the second number indicates the starting panel.]

  • Reading Strategies: 3-2; This lesson focuses on techniques you can use to make the Critical Reading sections on the SAT easier, along with ideas about how you can increase your general reading ability.
  • Long Critical Reading #1: 3-10; A passage about American culture, followed by 6 questions.
  • Long Critical Reading #2: 3-19; A double passage about progressive rock music, followed by 10 questions.
  • Long Critical Reading #3: 3-37; A passage about gambling and probability, followed by 5 questions.
  • Long Critical Reading #4: 3-46; A passage about clustering, followed by 5 questions.
  • Long Critical Reading #5: 3-55; A movie review, followed by 5 questions.
  • Long Critical Reading #6: 3-64; An excerpt from a famous American novel, followed by 5 questions.
  • Short Critical Reading #1: 3-73; Three short reading passages on the history of the piano, lava lamps, and Karl Marx. Each passage is followed by 2 questions.
  • Short Critical Reading #2: 3-82: A passage about standardized testing, with 2 questions, and a double passage about Jackson Pollock, followed by four questions.
  • Short Critical Reading #3: 3-91; A double passage about video games, with 4 questions, and a single passage, about the saxophone, with 2 questions.
  • Short Critical Reading #4: 3-100; A single passage about the ‘Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee,’ followed by 2 questions, and a double passage about Frank Gehry, followed by 4 questions.
  • Short Critical Reading #5: 3-109; Three short passages about, respectively, Dr. Jane Wright, science fiction, and SUVs, each followed by two questions.

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