6 SAT Writing Strategies (page 2)
Here is a list of 6 SAT Writing Strategies:
1. Know the 15 key grammar rules. Go into the SAT writing with a solid understanding of the 15 key grammar rules.
2. Trust your ear (at least at first). If you've read a lot of good prose in your life, you have probably developed a good ear for standard English grammar. On the easy and medium writing questions, then, your ear will be your best guide: bad phrases will "sound" wrong. On harder questions (the last third of them), however, your skill in analyzing sentences will come into play.
3. Don't fear perfection. On SAT writing questions, the "no error" choice should be correct roughly 1/5 of the time over the long term, or roughly 3-4 questions out of the 18 "identifying sentence errors" questions. Bottom line: don't shy away from "no error," but choose it only after careful analysis.
4. Make sure it's a real mistake. On "identifying sentence errors" questions, a word or phrase isn't necessarily wrong just because you might say it differently. For instance, if the word since is underlined, don't choose it just because you prefer to say because — the words are interchange able. Make sure that you know how to fix the mistake — and that it's a real grammatical or semantic mistake — before choosing it.
5. On "improving paragraphs" questions, pay attention to "in context" questions. You can attack some "improving paragraphs" questions (those at the end of the 25-minute writing section) without having to read the passage in detail. However, if the question uses the phrase "in context," or asks about paragraph transitions or cohesiveness, you must understand the logical flow of the passage to get it right. For these questions, read the two previous sentences, and understand the logical gist of the paragraph in question.
6. Read it again to check. Before choosing an answer on a writing question, always re-read the entire sentence, including the correction, to make sure the sentence flows smoothly and logically. If the whole sentence doesn't sound better, it's wrong.
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