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Category: SAT Writing Section

Lucas Fink

SAT Identifying Sentence Errors Practice Questions

The questions below are examples of “identifying sentence error” questions, which show up in the long writing multiple choice section of the SAT. There are 18 of this SAT question type, altogether, out of a total of 49 scored writing multiple choice problems. While you do these practice questions, remember that you don’t need to […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Identifying Sentence Errors Answers and Explanations

Let’s go through the answers to those identifying sentence error questions. Remember that this isn’t just about checking whether or not you got the right answers. It’s about understanding how you should get there. When you take the SAT, you should analyze each underlined section in a different way, depending on what part of the […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Improving Paragraphs: Answers and Explanations

Let’s look at the answers to those improving paragraphs questions.  Explanation 1 The problem: There’s a redundancy issue here. “In general” and “for the most part” mean the same thing, so using them both in a sentence—especially right next to each other—is awkward and totally unnecessary. Whenever possible, the SAT prefers shorter, clearer ways of […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Improving Paragraphs Practice Questions

Here’s some practice with SAT improving paragraphs questions. Remember not to spend too much time reading the passage—you only need to get the gist of it. After you skim it, use the questions to guide you through the reading passage to the pieces you should be focusing on. Remember to watch for common SAT grammar […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz

Before you start, you may want to read the Writing Essentials Subject-Verb Agreement post. If you feel you ‘got it’, then have a go at these five questions. They are not easy, so good luck!   1. The number of Americans living in rural areas have decreased (A) to unprecedented levels, with (B)most farmers saying that their days (C)in […]

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Chris Lele

Illogical Comparisons on the SAT Writing Section

You’ve most likely heard the phrase never compare apples to oranges. This is definitely true on SAT Writing section. So if an answer choice compares two unlike things, then it is incorrect.   For instance, look at the following sentence: Mike’s test score was better than Sally. In this example, we are comparing Mike’s test […]

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Chris Lele

“Oblivious to” and “Oblivious of” SAT Idioms for the Critical Reading Section

Do you know your SAT idioms? Here is one you definitely do NOT want to be unmindful of. First though, take a hack at the following question and see if you can answer it correctly.   The crowd remained oblivious of the fire, and only moved out of the way when A               B                  C they […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Grammar: Semicolons

Semicolons are the bane of many a student on the SAT. As soon as they see one they think run-on sentence or verbiage. The SAT definitely plays on this fear by including many correct answers in the Identifying the Error portion of the Writing Section. Below, I’ve included a few useful tips and examples to […]

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Chris Lele

Idioms on the SAT: Writing Practice Questions

Oh those SAT idioms – the bane of every SAT test taker. Yes, it is true.  Even those who have an ear for the proper idioms often find the rest of the writing section a breeze. While there is no one way to master idioms, a combination of approaches should help. One approach is practice […]

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