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How to Get 800 on SAT Writing: 9 Strategies From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Are you scoring in the 600–750 range on SAT Writing? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible—to a perfect 800?

Getting to an 800 SAT Writing score isn't easy. It'll require near perfection, and mastery of both grammar rules and essay writing. But with hard work and my SAT writing strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 800 on Writing on my real SATs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score—or get very close.

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How to Improve Your SAT Writing Score: 8 Key Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Are you struggling with SAT Writing + Reading scores between 300-500? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 600 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve SAT Writing score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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The Complete Guide to SAT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Even though the English language is complex, SAT tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled a comprehensive list of SAT grammar rules you need to know to ace the new SAT Writing and Language section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic SAT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on SAT Writing and Language.

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The Most Reliable SAT Essay Template and Format

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Aside from the “grid in” math questions, all you have to do for most of the SAT is answer multiple choice questions.

And then, if you've chosen to take it, there's the essay. Or, more accurately, "To finish up, there's the essay." Because the last thing you'll do on the SAT (with Essay) is read a passage and write an essay analyzing its argument, all in 50 minutes.

How can you even begin to read a passage, analyze it, and write an essay about it in 50 minutes? What SAT essay structure should you follow? Is there an SAT essay format that’ll score you a top score for sure? Read on to find out the answers to these questions!

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SAT Essay Prompts: The Complete List

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Essay

The SAT Essay has changed drastically from what it looked like from March 2005-January 2016. On the plus side, you’ll now be asked to do the same task every time: read an argument meant to persuade a broad audience and discuss how well the author argues his or her point. On the minus side, you have to do reading and analysis in addition to writing a coherent and organized essay.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 real SAT essay prompts that the CollegeBoard has released (either in The Official SAT Study Guide or separately online) for the new SAT. This is the most comprehensive set of new SAT essay prompts online today.

At the end of this article, we'll also guide you through how to get the most out of these prompts and link to our expert resources on acing the SAT essay. I’ll discuss how the SAT essay prompts are valuable not just because they give you a chance to write a practice essay, but because of what they reveal about the essay task itself.

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Words in Context: Key SAT Reading and Writing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

There are no more sentence completion questions on the SAT, so your vocabulary knowledge will be tested with questions that fall under the umbrella of the Words in Context subscore. In this article, I'll give you the inside scoop on what these questions are, what forms they might take in both the Reading and Writing sections, and which strategies work best for solving them accurately. 

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Command of Evidence: 3 Key SAT Writing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 22, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Questions that fall under the umbrella of the Command of Evidence SAT subscore appear on both the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. This article will focus exclusively on Command of Evidence questions in the Writing section, including examples from practice tests, answer explanations, and test-taking tips that are specific to these types of questions. Head over to this article instead if you're looking for a detailed discussion of Command of Evidence questions in the Reading section. 

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What Is SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 1, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

Makers of the new SAT have decided that the Reading and Writing sections go together like peanut butter and jelly. Instead of treating them separately, College Board now takes Reading and Writing together to give you one Evidence-based Reading and Writing score.

This guide will go over exactly how these two sections merge and how this new format affects your test prep. To begin, let’s define this new category on the SAT.

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How to Ace SAT Writing/ACT English for Math and Science People

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 9, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Are you a math or science person who feels intimidated by SAT Writing or ACT English? Do you think that your natural abilities will prevent you from doing well on the Writing and English sections? This article should alleviate your concerns.

I'll let you know how you can excel on Writing or English even if you're more skilled in math and science. Furthermore, I'll provide you with important tips and strategies that will enable your success.

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Organization Questions on SAT Writing: Tips and Tricks

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

 The SAT Writing and Language section tests you on where to place sentences within a paragraph and where to place paragraphs within a passage. You may not know exactly how to approach these questions if you've never encountered these types of questions on other tests. Fortunately, organization questions aren't overly difficult if you know how to recognize and approach them.

In this article, I'll do the following:

  • Explain the different types of organization questions on SAT Writing
  • Provide a step-by-step approach to answering each type of organization questions
  • Offer tips to help you answer organization questions on the SAT.
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Add/Delete Questions on SAT Writing: 6 Steps to Answer

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 9, 2016 2:00:00 PM

SAT Writing


Add/Delete questions require you to determine whether a sentence should be added or deleted from a passage. There are multiple add/delete questions on SAT Writing, so figuring out how to tackle these questions is imperative to improving your Writing score.

In this post, I'll do the following:

  • Explain add/delete questions
  • Teach you the basic constructions of add/delete questions
  • Provide example questions
  • Give you strategies and a step-by-step approach for answering these questions
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Possessives and Apostrophes on SAT Writing: 4 Key Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 6, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Do you know how to determine if a noun should have an apostrophe? Do you know where to place apostrophes in possessive nouns? Do you know when to use there vs. they're? These are all topics that are tested on the SAT.

The SAT Writing section has questions about possessive nouns and pronouns. In this article, I'll provide you with all the rules and strategies to correctly answer these questions.

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The Best Way to Read the SAT Writing Passages

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Writing

The format of the SAT Writing section is very unique, and you may not have taken a test with a similar format. To reach your target score, you're going to need a specific approach to tackle the passage-based questions.

In this article, I will explain the various approaches you can take when reading the SAT Writing passages, and I'll guide you on how to identify the strategy that will work best for you.

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How to Analyze Data Graphics on SAT Reading and Writing

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading


On both the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, there are questions that incorporate graphs, charts, and tables. On the Reading section, the Official SAT Study Guide refers to these questions as "interpreting data presented in informational graphics." On the Writing section, they're referred to as "drawing connections between words and data." Both question types contribute to your Command of Evidence subscore.

For the purposes of brevity and clarity, I'll call the Reading and Writing questions that use data and graphics quantitative questions. In this article, I'll explain the different types of quantitative questions on Reading and Writing. Furthermore, I'll give you example questions and strategies to help you correctly answer quantitative questions on the SAT.

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SAT Punctuation: Tips for Commas, Colons, and Dashes

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 25, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing


The SAT Writing and Language section will test you on your knowledge of punctuation. Understandably, many students are utterly confused by commas and semicolons and clueless when it comes to colons and dashes.

In this article, I'll eliminate your confusion and explain all of the punctuation rules you need to know to ace SAT Writing. Furthermore, I'll provide practice questions to test you on what you've learned.

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