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Category: SAT Identifying Sentence Errors

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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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: The Hiding Subject

The SAT peddles the same common errors (there are about a dozen of them). One of the most common is subject-verb agreement, and that is not going to change, since the SAT is a standardized test and the writers, roughly speaking, try to keep the same balance of question types. So what the test writers […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: The Comma and the Gerund

Louis Agassiz relied on ice-polished rocks near his home in Switzerland concluding that an Ice Age had occurred far more recently than previously thought. Compare the two sentences: Tim ran a mile in four minutes, finishing before the others. Tim ran a mile in four minutes finishing before the others. The first sentence is correct, […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing Question: It Sounds Weird

On the last six or seven Identifying the Error questions, when a phrase “sounds weird”, many tend to think that the phrase is incorrect. However, they are no longer using the ears to determine if something is grammatically off, the way they would in the first half of the section. Instead, you should remember that […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: Challenge Question – Tricky Grammar

How well do you know your grammatical rules? Well, this question tests a subtle one. See if you can pick up on it.       After you’ve watched the video for the answer, leave me a question or comment below! 🙂

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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 – Identifying Sentence Errors

One of the most common question types you will see on the SAT writing section is called Identifying the Errors. These questions are pretty straightforward: choose the underlined segment that is incorrect. If none of the underlined segments (A-D) are incorrect, then the answer is (E), which stands for “No error.” Let’s take a look: […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing – Diction

One of the least common—but no less diabolical—errors you can encounter on the writing section of the SAT is called the diction error. You may even be familiar with this error type (though you probably never referred to it as a diction error). You probably thought something along the lines of, “I hate you evil <expletive> […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT “Identifying Sentence Error” Writing Multiple Choice

You get two writing multiple choice sections on the SAT. One of those two is a short section—only ten minutes and 14 questions—and is made up entirely of Improving Sentence questions. The other one is longer and has all three types of writing multiple choice questions. That 25 minute section is the bulk of where […]

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Lucas Fink

How Many SAT Writing Questions Are “No Error”?

Before we answer the question, let’s review the types of SAT writing questions. Two kinds of writing multiple choice questions always have an option to leave the sentence or phrase as it is; identifying sentence error questions have the option of (E), “No error,” and improving sentence questions always repeat the underlined section without any […]

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