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Category: SAT Writing Section

Chris Lele

The New SAT Writing Section: Clauses

Clauses in Redesigned SAT Writing Which of the following two examples is not a sentence? He was tired. Because he was tired. Only the first one is a sentence. The second is a fragment. Both of these, however, are clauses. So what exactly is a clause? Well, a clause is a phrase that contains a […]

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Chris Lele

Advanced Punctuation on the New SAT

One area in which I’ve noticed most students—even some of the best ones—feel uncomfortable is with advanced punctuation. By advanced punctuation I mean semicolons, colons, parenthesis, and em-dashes (notice how these are used in the first sentence), and how these punctuation marks are meant to coordinate ideas between different clauses.

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Nadira Berman

SAT Essay Theme: Knowledge

Hello! And welcome to the latest installment of our SAT Essay Theme Guide series. Today, we tackle SAT essays about knowledge. Since you’re reading an SAT blog, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re pretty familiar with the acquisition of knowledge. It’s why we go to high school and it’s why we’re applying to […]

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Elise Gout

SAT Essay Theme: Challenges

Welcome to the newest post in our 10-part SAT Essay Theme Guide series! Today, we tackle SAT essay prompts that ask you to write about challenges. Let’s get started! Getting up at 6:30 a.m., not constantly eating all of the Nutella in the pantry with a spoon, acne – we teenagers go through a lot […]

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Tanya Shah

Pronouns: Tricks, Traps, and Ruses—Oh My!

The SAT Writing section’s multiple choice questions are designed with several go-to errors, thrown in to trick you. With a keen focus, you’ll recognize them as soon as they rear their ugly, grammatically incorrect heads. Going forward, we’ll examine some common pitfalls (and examples) so you’ll know what to look for and how to outsmart […]

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Tanya Shah

SAT Error Identification: Know Your Advantages

Develop an “eye for grammar.” Wear your monocle and get to it. I know someone* who picks out grammatical mistakes wherever they show up: flyers, menus, signs, newspaper articles, instruction manuals, etc. She’s often tempted to circle them. On occasion, she has given into this temptation. Noooo! Do you see it?! Whether or not you […]

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Tanya Shah

Can I Lie on the SAT Essay?

I love this question. It shows just how frazzled people are when writing under the clock. However, it also means they lack confidence when choosing examples. When test-takers get anxious and panicky, they often feel that lying is their only option. When this happens on the SAT essay, students support their argument with made-up wars, […]

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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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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday – Misplaced Modifiers

Same old tricks; same nasty subtlety Just because you’ve learned the grab bag of grammar concepts the SAT test does not mean you are going to answer all the SAT questions correctly.  At least on the difficult Writing section questions, you will have to be very alert because the SAT has worked hard to “hide” […]

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