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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 – 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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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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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

Style Errors in SAT Writing Multiple Choice Sections

For the most part, the sentences and passages that the SAT gives you in the writing sections have purely grammatical errors. For example, there may be problems in number or tense, or you’ll see some run-on sentences or fragments. That is, if there are any errors at all. In both “improving sentences” and “identifying sentence […]

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Lucas Fink

Introductory Phrase Problems in SAT Writing Multiple Choice

Caused by a fatal error in design, the airship S.S. Doanblowup met its tragic end in 1915 in a sudden, ironic explosion. If you saw a sentence like this in the SAT writing multiple choice, you’d definitely want to make a correction (or in the case of Identifying Error questions, point out the problem). If […]

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Chris Lele

Common SAT Writing Error: Illogical Comparisons

One of the sneakiest question types on the SAT Writing section is when two things or people are being illogically compared. I always tell students to remember that you can only compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Let’s see if you can spot the illogical comparisons below: She enjoyed Haydn’s symphonies more than […]

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