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Category: SAT Writing Section

Chris Lele

SAT Writing Essentials: Pronouns

Here are the two big things you have to know about pronouns. A pronoun refers to a noun in the sentence. A pronoun can either take the Subject Case or the Object Case. Mary lent her book to Tom. She told him to return it to her soon. In these two sentences we have the […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing: More Work with Misplaced Modifiers

In order to understand Misplaced Modifiers, you need to know what a phrase is.  A phrase is not a sentence. It can be a prepositional phrase, to the mountains; a gerund phrase, Running down the street; or a subordinating clause, while we were waiting. Let’s see how each of the above function in a sentence: […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing – Coordinating Conjunctions

When he have independent clauses (sentences that can stand on their own), and want to join them, we can use a comma and either a coordinating or a subordinating conjunction. First let’s deal with coordinating conjunctions: F: For A: And N: Nor B: But O: Or Y: Yet S: So Known as FANBOYS, these seven […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Grammar Basics: Adverbs

You thought you were safe with your parts of speech once you left the sixth grade. Well, think again! The SAT Writing section, while testing advanced grammatical concepts, will try to nail you on one type of parts of speech: The Adverb. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb or adjective. It usually […]

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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

A lot can be said about SAT grammar. And I’m certain upon reading the word “grammar” shivers ran down your spine as you remembered that nit picky English teacher from middle school who liked to chide you over what you thought were inconsequential mistakes. Well, SAT grammar is like that nit picky teacher, but one […]

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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

SAT Writing: Misplaced Modifiers

The SAT is a timed test. (“Duh”, you’re probably thinking). The key is not just to get the right answer but also to get it quickly. With Reading Comp that can be somewhat tough, but on the SAT writing section, once you learn the different error types, you will be able to work through problems […]

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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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