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  • This section tests grammar and argument building abilities.
  • REDESIGNED SAT Strategies for the Writing Section
  • The writing section in the new redesigned SAT consists of 44 questions and lasts 35 minutes.
  • The OPTIC Strategy
  • O: Write overview notes about the graphic. P: Describe important parts.
  • T: Highlight the title I: Identify interrelationships C: Draw conclusions
  • 1. Which choice best maintains the sentence pattern already established in the paragraph? A) NO CHANGE B) Coordinating stoplight timing can help alleviate rush hour traffic jams in a congested downtown area. C) Stoplight timing is coordinated to alleviate rush hour traffic jams in a congested downtown area. D) In a congested downtown area, stoplight timing is coordinated to alleviate rush hour traffic jams.
  • CONTENT: Language Use. The answer is letter C.
  • THE GRAMMAR TO KNOW 1. Subject-Verb Agreement 2. Verb Tense 3. Pronouns 4.Clauses 5.Comparison 6.Parallelism
  • SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT: Make sure the subject and the verb agree with one another and make sense. TIP: If you don’t see an error the first time you read a sentence, try crossing out prepositional phrases and checking for subject-verb agreement.
  • VERB TENSE: Check if the verb/action is in the correct tense (past/present/future). Ex: becoming vs became
  • PRONOUNS: Any pronoun that follows a preposition must be an object pronoun. Important: Between you and me, NOT Between you and I
  • PARALLELISM:n any given list, each item should be in the exact same format. Either noun, noun, noun, verb, verb, verb, ect.
  • CLAUSES: Whenever you encounter a parenthetical clause (a clause set off by commas that can be removed without affecting the fundamental meaning of the sentence), cross it out and check subject-verb agreement
  • COMPARISON: Compare things to things and people to people. Ex: At the age of twenty-four, playwright Thornton Wilder was balding and bespectacled, and his clothes were like a much older man (like those of a much older man).
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