Voice and Tone are two similar but subtly different concepts in critical reading. Learning to “feel” the writer through his or her voice is an important SAT Critical Reading skill. Many times a student will answer questions about a passage incorrectly because he or she will incorporate his or her world view into the passage. Hint–Your opinion does not count! The questions will start off with language such as “According to the author……” Not “According to Jim Smith…..
Once again Grammar Girl has an excellent discussion of voice and tone, please read or listen to the audio version by clicking here.