In essence, the Writing and Language Test of the SAT assesses your
editorial skills. Under this part, you will have to read and correct passages that contain grammatical errors and typos,
and make them read better.
To get a point, you have to pick the answer that would improve the
sentence, paragraph, or passage.
If reading and writing are not your strong suits, and you find
analyzing texts a challenge, you may think that clinching a high score on this
test would be impossible. However, this is not true; with the right tips and
strategies (which you can learn from top-rated SAT classes in
Dubai), you can get an impressive
mark in this section.
Below are seven tips that will help you get good marks on the SAT
Writing and Language test:
1.Brush up on basic grammar rules
Under the Writing part, nearly half of
the questions will ask you to correct a
mistake in grammar, usage, or punctuation. To have a high chance of
answering all these items correctly, review the fundamental grammar rules.
- Possessive cases
By being familiar with the relevant
rules, you will quickly pick up on what a question is asking you. You can then
use your memory in choosing the right answer instead of relying on what sounds
or looks right.
2.Be familiar with the format
Many students find the Writing and
Language test difficult because of its layout. The passages are on the left
side of the test booklet while the questions are placed on the right side.
Because of this, examinees spend a lot of time looking back and forth between
these two sections.
To avoid becoming confused and wasting time thinking about how to best
tackle this part, take as many practice tests as possible. You will soon be
accustomed to answering the questions chronologically.
Additionally, you will also figure out that you that you don’t need to read the whole
passage to answer all the questions. This is because most of the items tell
you exactly which lines they refer to. You only need to read the specified part
to choose the correct answer.
If you are taking an SAT review class,
this is something you won’t have to worry about since you will be given plenty
of practice exams throughout your revisions during the exam
3.Understand your mistakes
After each practice test, take the time
to find out which questions you got wrong and the right answers to these items.
Next, categorize them. Do these mistakes
fall under the subject-verb agreement rules or use of punctuations?
Additionally, think about the other conditions that may have caused you to make
these errors. These can include failing to manage your time or reading the passage
It is vital that you know and understand your mistakes so that you can
avoid making them over and over again. This will go a
long way in helping you get a high score on this particular section of the SAT.
Although you may not like reading a lot,
if you want to score high on this part of the SAT, you need to devote an hour
or so to do this every day before the exam.
Focus on reading news and non-fiction essays. Go through each
article with an analytical eye. Think about how the author or writer
constructed the sentences. Take note of how they organized their ideas and how
they built an argument.
Try to think like an editor as well. Deconstruct the
article; identify the parts you find impressive or engaging, and the ones that
did not seem right. Reflect on how you can rewrite them to become more
impactful or easy to understand if they feel difficult to read.
5.Practice managing your time
Like all the other tests on the SAT, the
Writing and Language exam is also timed. You will be given 35 minutes to read
four passages and answer 44 questions.
To ensure you won’t be pressed for time
during the actual exam, during your practice exams, try spending eight minutes reading each passage and answering the
questions. You can do this by answering questions while reading. Next, take
three minutes to review your answers before going to the next text.
Make sure you know how to manage your
time well during these practice tests and follow the same strategy during the
actual SAT exam so that you won’t have to rush and end up making careless
Following the same time management
strategy will also ensure you won’t leave any questions unanswered.
6.Employ the process of elimination
Another strategy that you should use on
the Writing and Language test is elimination. Eliminate answer choices you know
are wrong immediately so that you will increase the chances of getting the
Try to identify the error or mistakes before looking at the answer
choices when you are tackling sentence improvement questions. Immediately
disregard the options that you are sure won’t correct the grammatical error in
the original sentence or that will merely create an additional error.
When answering “identify the error” questions, ignore the options you
are sure are correct. Read all the underlined portions
individually until you can find the error or determine that there is no
7.Skip the hard questions
Avoid spending more than a minute or two
on figuring out the correct answer to a difficult question. If you do, you will
run out of time, which will cause you to leave some questions unanswered.
Even if you are faced with a difficult
question, stick to your time management strategy. By doing so, you will be able
to complete the test and have a few minutes left to review the items.
If you can’t decide on the right answer, move on to the next question. You can return
to this part later to read and understand it again and to choose the correct
The Writing and Language test is one of the most time-consuming and
trickiest parts of the SAT. Keep the tips shared above in mind so that you can
get a high score on this section even if you find the exam challenging.
About the Author:
Maloy Burman is the Chief
Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier
Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership
position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education
space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier
Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a
goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.