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Category: SAT Improving Sentences

Tanya Shah

SAT Improving Sentences Practice (Without Answer Choices!)

Take a crack at this practice set; it’s based last week’s post Sense of Grammar for Improving Sentences.

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing – Improving Sentences

The most common type of questions on the Writing section is called “Improving Sentences”. You probably know these guys: they are the questions in which there is an underlined part of a sentence and you have to figure out which of the five answer choices represents an improvement over the original sentence. Known to few […]

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Lucas Fink

Shortcut for SAT Writing Improving Sentence Questions

There are plenty of “tricks” to taking the SAT out there, and a whole lot of them are shams. Yes, the College Board is sneaky, and the SAT is full of trap answers. But there’s not really any single rule you can follow to avoid those traps. For example, even though the word “never” can […]

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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

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

The Passive Voice in SAT Writing

One of the errors that SAT writing multiple choice questions check for can be a little controversial because they’re not always exactly wrong. It’s actually a bit subjective. Here are a couple sentences with pretty much the exact same meaning. Are either of them incorrect? 1. My wig was stolen! 2. Somebody stole my wig! The […]

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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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