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Category: SAT Improving Paragraphs

Tanya Shah

The Point of SAT Paragraph Correction

The questions in SAT Paragraph Correction deviate from the rest of SAT Writing. The SAT throws out a big chunk of text, requiring you to mentally switch gears. Rather than obsessing over the individual components of sentences and tweaking them (like in Sentence Correction and Error ID), you’re now looking at a whole piece of writing. Learn the strategies, and you’ll be good to go.

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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – The Conclusion

You can breathe a sigh of relief—the conclusion is the least important part of your SAT essay. You are merely recapping what you already said. In other words, you don’t want to say anything you haven’t already said in your essay. Can it really be that simple? Yes and no. Yes, if you are running […]

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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

SAT Writing Question Types

SAT Writing: Aside from the essay… There are three scored writing sections on the SAT, one of which is the essay. Of course, the essay question (link to “The SAT Essay Prompt”) is something worth picking apart on it’s own, so we won’t worry about it here. Instead, let’s look at the types of questions […]

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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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Lucas Fink

The Best Method for SAT Improving Paragraphs Questions

Somewhere between the second and seventh sections of your SAT, you’re going to get a 25 minute writing multiple choice section. There will only be one of these (not counting the experimental section, which might be reading, math, or writing and is unscored); the other two writing sections are the essay—section 1—and a ten-minute improving […]

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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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