SAT Writing Test



The new SAT writingtest will consist of the following:

  • A 25-minute persuasive essay, based on your reaction to one or two quotations. This is worth one-third of the test.
(This will beread by two readers and will be graded holistically on a 1-6 scale. Thehighest essay score will be a 12.)
  • A 35-minute revision section worth two-thirds of the test.
(This will begraded like all objective sections. Each correct answer will earn 1 point,each incorrect answer will cost you _ point, and any unanswered questionwill earn or cost you nothing.) Hints for writing the25-minute persuasive essay:
  • Your essay should range between 300-400 words.
  • You should write 4 or 5 paragraphs.
  • You MUST pre-plan in order to write a well-organized essay.
  • You will be given only two lined pages; write small.
  • You must write neatly; as unfair as this is, you will be judged by the neatness of your response.
  • Take a firm stance on the topic; this must be persuasive.
  • Use examples from literature, science and technology, the arts, current events, or your own observation or experience.

Reviewthe following grammar and usage skills for the new 35-minute revision section:
  • Subject- Verb Agreement (Review all rules.)
  • Tense Problems or Changes (Especially a helping verb with past tense)
  • Idiomatic Expression (Verb followed by preposition. See attached list.)
  • Wrong Word Usage (Words Often Confused)
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement or Unclear Pronoun Reference
  • Correct Pronoun Use (Objective vs. Subjective)
  • Adjective vs. Adverb Use
  • Double Negatives
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Misplaced Modifiers
  • Parallelism in Sentences
  • Wordiness
  • Correct Use of Conjunctions (Faulty coordination/subordination)
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