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Organization Questions on SAT Writing: Tips and Tricks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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What Is SAT Writing and Language? 5 Tips to Excel

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 22, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Stephen King once wrote, "To write is human, to edit is divine." Anyone who has written papers for school knows that first, second, and even third drafts can be full of errors. Through editing and revising, you can polish a piece of writing into its best form.

The Writing and Language section of the SAT asks you to be that "divine" editor. It asks you to improve paragraphs that contain both little picture mistakes and big picture weaknesses.

Writing and Language will be combined with your Reading score, but it’s a unique section that requires its own specific approach to prep. This guide is your first stop for preparing for the Writing and Language section of the SAT; read on to learn everything you need to know!

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Transition Questions on SAT Writing: Tips and Examples

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 18, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

In writing, transitions are important because they help establish logical connections between ideas. On the SAT Writing and Languge section, questions about transitions are a major component of the test. In this article, I will thoroughly explain the types of transition questions on the SAT and provide detailed advice on how to correctly answer these questions.

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The 12 SAT Grammar Rules You Must Know

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing and Language section is comprised of questions that test your knowledge of grammar and writing style. By learning the grammar rules that are tested on SAT Writing, you'll be preparing yourself to do exceptionally well on the Writing section, and you'll be one step closer to getting your target score. In this article, I'll explain the most important SAT grammar rules and provide related examples from the official practice tests.

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The New SAT Writing: What's Changing?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Writing

March 5, 2016 shall be a monumental day in SAT history. The format of the SAT will officially change for the first time since 2005. Each section of the test, including SAT Writing, will undergo significant changes.

In this article, I'll explain the content and format changes to SAT Writing and provide guidance for how to prepare for the SAT Writing and Language section. If you follow the advice in this guide, you'll be prepared to get an amazing score on the SAT Writing in 2016 and beyond.

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Full Analysis of SAT Grammar Rules: Which Are Most Important?

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Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 22, 2015 6:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

When you are planning your study approach for SAT Writing, it’s important to know where your time is best spent.

Which grammar rules are really the most important to learn? What can help you make the greatest improvement to your score?

Read on to find out exactly how much each grammar rule matters and how you can use this information on the test.

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SAT Writing Prep: The Best Methods and Strategies

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 14, 2015 1:10:00 PM

SAT Writing

I’ve spent the past decade teaching SAT prep classes and helping hundreds of students prepare for the SAT Writing section. After taking my class, many of my former students were able to improve their SAT Writing scores by more than 200 points. My experience has taught me that having a disciplined, focused approach to your SAT prep will allow you to maximize your score.

In this article, I have given you the best advice I have for preparing for SAT Writing. Using these methods will enable you to use your study time wisely and master the skills you need to be an SAT Writing superstar.

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The Top 9 SAT Writing Strategies You Must Use

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 14, 2015 1:08:00 PM

SAT Writing

Efficiency and organization are vitally important to successful SAT Writing preparation. If you don't have a good game plan for your preparation, you're likely to waste time on things that may not be helping you improve your SAT Writing score.  Implementing specific, proven strategies during your SAT Writing prep will allow you to make the best use of your time and fully prepare yourself for the SAT Writing section.
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The Top 7 SAT Writing Tips to Boost Your Score

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

SAT Writing

Having taught SAT Writing to hundreds of students, I understand that this section of the SAT can be confusing and complicated. You have to remember all the grammar rules you were able to avoid learning throughout your schooling. You have to identify subtle grammatical errors that are often committed by gifted writers.

Through my experience teaching, I have identified some general rules for the SAT Writing section that have helped students of all levels improve their scores. 

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SAT Writing: Word Choice and Diction Errors

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Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 6, 2015 8:30:00 AM

SAT Writing

 

Mark Twain famously once wrote in a letter that the “difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

The SAT agrees with good old Mark, and tests students on their ability to recognize when the almost-right word has been subbed in for the right one.

Are you confident in your ability to not be tricked by the SAT's unusual diction questions? Read on for some strategies and tips for this section. 

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