SAT Reading Section:

Collection of Recommended Reading

Collection of helpful resources to read in preparation for the SAT Reading Section, curated by our Instruction Team.

U.S. Founding Documents and Global Conversation

Find and read historical manuscripts, letters, and speeches that illustrate broad-strokes U.S. and world history themes including American independence, federalism, abolitionism, women’s suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Social Science

Find and read contemporary social science journal articles and long-form newspaper articles exploring the fields of psychology, political science, economics, and sociology.

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Natural Science

Find and read scientific journal articles exploring a wide array of scientific fields including biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics.

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Literary Fiction

Find and read short stories and novels by reputable authors. In many cases, you can find great books available for free on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, computer, or eReader.

Recommended Books:

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Mark Haddon)
  • Exit West (Mosin Hamid)
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things (Alice Hoffman)
  • Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  • Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
  • Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter (Amy Tan)
  • The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
  • The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  • House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
  • The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  • The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)


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Additional Recommended Authors:

  • Jane Austen
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Emily Bronte
  • Albert Camus
  • Willa Cather
  • Amit Chaudhuri
  • Scott Fitzgerald
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Henry James
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Daniyal Mueenuddin
  • George Orwell
  • Philip Roth
  • Mark Twain


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