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

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

  1. Passage 1 and Passage 2 present opposing views of the same topic
  2. Passage 1 and Passage 2 agree but have different focuses or stylistic differences
  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 


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  • John

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

    • Debbie Stier

      Thank you!!  

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