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On October 1st, I got my 3rd official perfect SAT reading score on the SAT Critical Reading section.

I feel safe saying at this point that it is not luck that has gotten me those three 800s, but a combination of strategy and experience that anyone can master if they truly want a perfect SAT reading score.

I’m pretty proud of this, so I’m going to show you the proof – and I hope it is motivating to you, because it can be done!

Perfect Score 800 on SAT Critical Reading

(My Perfect Score on the October 1st, 2011 SAT)

The cool thing was – I got this perfect SAT reading score even when I missed one Critical Reading question.

I know exactly which question it was, too… I ignored my gut instinct and changed my answer, and as soon as the test was over I knew I had made a mistake. It ate me up inside for weeks while I waited for the scores to come in.

I was really frustrated that I might have blown my perfect Critical Reading score.

And when the scores did come in, I was right about one thing – I had missed a question in the Critical Reading – but there it was, nevertheless – a perfect 800 on the SAT Critical Reading.

A perfect SAT reading score is within your reach as well!

There are four simple action steps you can take starting today to greatly improve your chances of getting a perfect 800 on the SAT Critical Reading section.

1) Learn the secrets of the SAT Critical Reading Section:

First, educate yourself with my FREE SAT Critical Reading Special Report (you can download it for free once you sign up for my mailing list).

2) Read my top SAT Reading tips and articles:

Second, check out my best articles about the reading section:

Here’s a short list of SAT Critical Reading articles that show you where to start:

  1. How to finish the SAT Critical Reading Section On Time
  2. How to Learn Speed Reading
  3. SAT Reading Comprehension Strategies
  4. The Best SAT Critical Reading Practice Skills
  5. Top 10 SAT Critical Reading Tips

3) Practice reading sections in the Official SAT Study Guide

Then, do practice sections in the Official SAT Study Guide untilyou can get a perfect score on the SAT Critical Reading section.

4) Study vocabulary to improve your Critical Reading score

Don’t forget your vocabulary! Here are the two best vocab lists: Princeton Review Essential SAT Vocab and SAT Direct Hits Volume 1.

Good luck! Read those articles and you’ll be well on your way to your own perfect score on the SAT Critical Reading!

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9 Responses to How to Get a Perfect 800 on SAT Critical Reading

  1. Dustin says:

    Hello! I too got a perfect score on the critical reading section. Any idea how many test-takers a year achieve this score? Scouring the web hasn’t produced any definite results, though I’d estimate it’s around 900.

    • Christian says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Dustin, and major congrats on your perfect CR score! I don’t have the goods on how many students snag a perfect 800, but I would be very interested to know – if you come across this information, you should come back and tell us! :)

  2. Rosana says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you knew of any reading comprehension practice books that could help achieve a perfect 800 on r.c.?

    • Christian says:

      Hi Rosana – as I’m fond of telling my students, the Critical Reading section is really just a giant vocabulary test. That means that for pretty much everyone, studying VOCAB should be their first priority if they want to improve their CR score. Try this list, which I approve 100% (it’s very targeted towards the SAT): Essential SAT Vocabulary (flashcards) (College Test Preparation).. once you’re freed from struggling with unknown words, you’ll probably find that there aren’t ANY questions that you can’t already critically reason out. Take notes on each paragraph, answer every question in your own words BEFORE looking at the answers they offer you, and then proceed by ELIMINATION, not by “looking for the right answer.” But, the strategies don’t work properly until you have a killer vocabulary, so start there! Trust me! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    i’m international student. When taking the dual passage on section 8, i felt doubtful. I just read read read and read bla bla… but i can’t understand any word at all. Although i have learnt the vocabulary in the SAT especially Princeton Review, but still zero.
    can’t u help me Christian !!!

    • Christian says:

      Sign up for my free mailing list to get my list of 20 recommended reading books to prepare for the SAT!

      There’s no “quick and easy” solution for reading difficulties – it takes time and practice.

      The more vocabulary study and free reading (magazines, newspaper, books, cereal boxes, ANYTHING!) you do, the better your score will be.

      Best of luck!

  4. stefen says:

    your “internal speach” theory is really handsome and unbelievable! You deserves 800. :)

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