Adam Groden By: Adam Groden
SAT Reading Practice Test

A SAT reading practice test is a great way to prepare for the actual exam. Reading passages and answering questions will help you become more comfortable with the format of the exam.

Our SAT reading questions were constructed to mimic the passages you will be tested on when taking the SAT.

Summary: Take a practice exam below. For more help, consider purchasing one of the best SAT prep courses.

You will find 4 different practice exams below. Each exam includes questions on different passages, just like the actual exam.

Make sure to utilize the answer explanations at the end of each quiz to learn why an answer was correct or incorrect.

Want to practice other subjects? You can find more exams by visiting our SAT practice tests home.

You can also read our guide on how to study for the SAT for more help.

The SAT reading section includes 52 total questions. You will have 65 minutes to complete this portion of the exam.

You will find that there are 5 reading passages on the reading portion of the SAT. Of the 5 passages, 4 of them will be standalone passages while 1 of them will be a pair of passages that are ready together.

SAT Reading Overview

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The questions on the reading portion of the SAT can be broken into 3 different categories:

  1. How the Author Uses Evidence
  2. Understanding Words in Context
  3. Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science

How the author uses evidence questions will test you on topics like:

  • Identifying relationships between a graphic and the passage
  • Identifying evidence in a passage that supports an answer
  • Identifying points in a passage that supports what the author is trying to say

Understanding words in context questions will test you on topics like:

  • Identifying the meaning of a word in context
  • Identifying the style, tone, and meaning and how the author uses words to alter those

Analysis in history/social studies and science questions will test you on topics like:

  • Interpreting data
  • Reviewing hypotheses
  • Identifying implications in a passage

The 5 passages will be between 500 and 750 words. You can expect to find the following when reading through the 5 passages:

  • 1 passage dealing with economics, psychology, sociology, or social science
  • 2 passages from scientific works in earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 1 passage from fiction
  • 1 or 2 passages from a U.S. founding document or a global conversation text

An example of a U.S. founding document would be the declaration of independence. A global conversation text could be Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

If you want to focus on another section of the exam, go to our free SAT practice tests hub to find more great exams.

How many reading passages are on the SAT?

There will be 5 reading passages on the reading portion of the SAT.

How many questions are on the reading section of the SAT?

There are 52 total questions on this section of the exam.

How much time is there on the SAT reading section?

You will have 65 minutes to complete the reading portion of the SAT.