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Category: SAT Writing Section

Tanya Shah

SAT Essay: The Case For The Conclusion

Jumping to a winning conclusion. Quick Note: Build a Foundation First An effective conclusion is based on an already-solid essay with a good thesis. Work first on mastering the basics, and then build up to the conclusion. Your score will reflect the difference. __________________________________________________________________________ The SAT Essay: Most test-takers are intimidated by it. This is […]

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Chris Lele

The SAT’s Favorite Idioms

I love logic; the SAT loves logic. If you like logic, you too might love the SAT (though you might be as logical as Socrates and think the SAT is a bunch of crock). So, how, then, is it that something as arbitrary and illogical as the DMV cuing system has made its way upon […]

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Maddi Lee

Top Ten Online Tools to Improve Your SAT Writing Score

There are tons of great resources out there as you study for the SAT! The SAT Writing section can be difficult to study for—especially the essay section. Here are tons of online tools you can use to set you on that road to your ideal score!   1) Writer’s Digest Writer’s Digest has tons of […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Challenge Question – It Sounds Weird

Welcome to the SAT writing section. Here, you can rely on your hear for quite a few points. Some students are so good at sounding out sentences that they don’t feel they have to study much. These same students often mess up, though, on the hardest questions in the two writing sections (#9-11, #25-29 in […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Study SAT Writing

The writing section of the SAT seems to get the least love; fewer tutors and teachers focus on it, fewer students ask about it, and some admissions committees (adcoms) have not always given it equal consideration. That’s always struck me as pretty strange, because the writing section is relatively easy to study for and improve […]

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Chris Lele

How to Study SAT Idioms

The most difficult type of grammatical error to correctly identify on the SAT Writing component is the idiom. By idiom, I don’t mean a colloquial expression that, on the surface, doesn’t make literal sense. For example, “to eat humble pie.”  On the SAT, idioms are far less folksy, and far more academic. Basically, certain words […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday – Monster Sentence Correction Question

One or two of the 19 questions on the Sentence Completion section are going to be very difficult. I often tell students who are scoring below 650 on Critical Reading to skip the last question at the end of each SC section (though it doesn’t hurt to scan the answer choices to see if you […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing – Conditional Tense

The conditional tense is rarely tested on the SAT, and usually when it is, the answer jumps out at you because it just sounds weird. An easy way to think of the conditional tense is as the “if” tense. It describes something that hasn’t happened but that could happen. Take a look: 1) If I […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing “Leftovers”

Here are a few common errors the SAT writing section likes to test that don’t fall under the other categories. The first one has to do with comparing two things, in which one of the two things is greater/better/etc. than the other. Out of all wildcats the cheetah is the fastest, clocking in a top […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Friday: Writing Question Challenge

Been brushing up on your grammar chops? Think you’ve got what it takes for a difficult SAT Writing question? Well, the question below is the most difficult “Identifying the Error” question we have in our entire product. Only 17.1% of students answer it correctly. Good luck! Be sure to check your answer with the video […]

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