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Writing

[Note: this refers to the old SAT]

Which topics should I study?

 

SAT writing top topics

How are the writing questions laid out in order of difficulty?

writing difficulty order

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Avoid “being” like the plague

Punch list of tips and tricks for the writing section

Write Your Essay Now

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Pronouns

Question Database

An insanely useful database of all the writing questions in the Blue Book sorted by test, category, and topic.

Recommended Books

The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar is the book you need. Erica Meltzer, who has a terrific SAT blog at The Critical Reader, painstakingly breaks down each skill that is tested and teaches you the most important content first. Her examples and exercises are the only ones I’ve found that are indistinguishable from the real thing.

She’s also created 8 more writing tests for you to practice what you’ve learned.

For the essay, I have three recommendations:

PWN the SAT: Essay Guide

Write the SAT Essay Right!
How to Write a Killer SAT Essay

Track Your Results

It is CRUCIAL that you understand not only WHAT you are missing, but WHY you are missing it. Use these customized reports to see exactly which topics you need to study and discover the reasons behind your mistakes.

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