There Are Basically Four Types of “Compare 2 Passages” Relationships 

I still find the Compare 2 Passages on the SAT reading section to be the most challenging. The distinctions are subtle and not nearly easy as “pro” vs “con.”

Erica Meltzer wrote a great post, describing the four types of passage relationships.  She says that if you go into these passages knowing that they fall into predictable categories, will be easier:

  1. Passage 1 and Passage 2 present opposing views of the same topic (the easiest for me)
  2. Passage 1 and Passage 2 agree but have different focuses or stylistic differences (hard for me)
  3. Passage 1 and Passage 2 discuss completely different aspects of the same event (e.g. P1 focuses on how an event was perceived by the press, P2 focuses on how it impacted women)
  4. Passage 2 provides an example of an idea that Passage 1 describes (very hard for me!)

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If want to improve your critical reading score, here are a 2 must-read posts:

1) How to Improve Your Critical Reading Score

2) The Best Way to Prepare for the Critical Reading Section

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And if you’d like to read more, there are dozens (and dozens and dozens) of “How to improve a critical reading score” tips in my book, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT

You can read the prologue, listen to an audio clip, and see what readers are saying on Goodreads.

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Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis

  • John

    brilliant! Thanks for this; I’m passing it forward.

    • http://www.perfectscoreproject.com Debbie Stier

      Thank you!!  

      And I just dug out my kindle so I can order your book.  I’m over the ipad.