I have been working on a guide to help students improve their Reading Skills, and when making lists of things students should read, I realized that a list of the passages used by the SAT in one place might be helpful. So here is a list with links to the passages in the 6 Released SAT Tests (and a bonus at the end). There are mostly articles, but there are also 3 books. So, if you struggle with the Science passages the most, start by reading these and then read more by these authors or more found in these magazines and journals as they will be in the style and at a difficulty the College Board prefers.
College Board Test 1
Watson, J. D., & Crick, F. H. (1953). Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid. Nature.
Slezak, M. (2013, March). Space Mining: The Next Gold Rush? New Scientist.
Taking the Final Frontier. (2013, February). New Scientist.
College Board Test 2
Carr, N. (2010, May 24). Author Nicholar Carr: The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains. Wired.
Pinker, S. (2010, June 10). Mind over Mass Media. The New York Times.
Giller, G. (2014, January 15). Long a Mystery, How 500-Meter-High Undersea Waves Form is Revealed. Scientific American.
College Board Test 3
Hanson, T. (2011). Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. Basic Books.
Sharpe, R. J. (2009). Honey bee colony collapse disorder is possibly caused by a dietary pyrethrum deficiency. Bioscience.
College Board Test 4
Anthes, E. (2013). Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts. Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Gramling, C. (2013, October 1). Source of Mysterious Medieval Eruption Identified. Science.
College Board Test 5
Walsh, B. (2012, April 26). Whole Food Blues: Why Organic Agriculture May Not Be So Sustainable. Time Inc.
Bohannon, J. (2013, August 8). Why You Shouldn’t Trust Internet Comments. Science.
Foer, J. (2011). Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Penguin Press H.C.
College Board Test 6
Youngsteadt, E. (2012). Decoding a Flower’s Message. American Scientist.
Bullis, K. (2013, June 21). What Tech is Next for the Solar Industry? MIT Technology Review.
College Board Test 7
Waldron, Patricia (2014). Why Birds fly in a V Formation. American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Greene, Brian ( 2013 ) How the Higgs Boson was Found. The Smithsonian Institution.
College Board Test 8
Ehrenberg, Rachel (2009) Salt stretches in Nanoworld. Society for Science & the Public.
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Chamovitz, David. (2012) What a Plant knows: A Field Guide to the Senses.
November 2016 SAT
Reas, E. (2013, November 26). Your Brain has 2 Clocks. Scientific American.
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