Reading books is a matter of personal taste. That being said, the amount of reading called for by the SAT might seem like an insurmountable task to some of the test-takers. Thus, it only makes sense to sometimes resort to these shortcut methods of preparing yourself for test day.
1. Sparknotes: This website is big among the smart-learning teenagers of the day. Sparknotes is a great escape route for anybody who can’t handle heavy reading. On its database, you can find countless fun, abridged novels which anyone could read effortlessly at any time of the day – even during study breaks. Plus, as icing on the cake, these reads are as effective as they are light, and each incorporates a plethora of SAT-relevant vocabulary words.
Like all that wasn’t enough, Sparknotes also comes with a Video section which has a line of narrative videos which help you understand each of the books clearly and expediently. These videos provide the crux of the books in a neat fashion, with illustrations of all the significant snippets of the story.
2. TEDtalks: TED talks have been trending worldwide since I don’t remember when. Not only are these talks hugely informational, but they are also equally riveting. The channel includes talks by educators and people from different walks of life, providing well-rounded accounts about interesting facts, figures, theories or even just anecdotes.
How will these talks help you study for your SAT? Well, these talks are very profound (culturally, informationally and epistemologically) by nature. Understanding all of the ideas and concepts talked about in these talks compels their listeners to forge their own sets of analytical skills, among many others. These skills are tremendous in enhancing a test-taker’s comprehensive abilities which may further his/her chances to up the score on the SAT’s infamous Reading section.
3. Magazines: People who want to read without long-term commitments will probably like this option most. High-quality articles can be availed readily in copies of The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, Time, et cetera. These publications feature articles that are succinct and condensed, much like the passages found on the SAT.
Reading these magazines can work wonders for both your comprehension skills and your vocabulary. And the best part is, the variety of things talked about by the contributors of these publications ensures that there’s something for everybody!
Those are 3 of my cheat ways to studying for the SAT. However, if you still find yourself looking for something more, you can always resort to books that are condensed but capture the crux of the story nonetheless. To name a few, books published as part of the series “Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classics” & “Prestwick House: SAT Words from Literature” are great finds for your study preparation.