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12 Rules for the SAT Writing Test
Transcript of 12 Rules for the SAT Writing Test
Mastering Multiple Choice Rule 1: Subject Verb Agreement
Isolate the subject and verb; make sure they agree in number.
X: The anguish of the students have been a source of pleasure to the SAT. Rule 2: Noun-Pronoun Agreement
Make sure nouns and pronouns agree in number.
X: Not one of the boys read their SAT study guide. Rule 3: Subject & Object Pronouns
Subject pronouns (I, he, she, they, we, who) are used in the subject of a sentence. Object pronouns (me, him, her, them, us, whom) are used in the predicate.
X: Please join Sam and I tonight for a tutoring session. Rule 4: Pronoun Consistency
Choose your point of view and stick to it.
X: When one starts with a particular pronoun, you should continue to use that pronoun throughout one's entire sentence. Rule 5: Proper Tense
Tense must remain consistent; look for key "time words" such as "when", "while", as, "after".
X: After he studied his vocabulary and devotes himself to school, he will surely pass. Rule 6: Proper Adjective/Adverb Use
Beware of non-traditional adjectives/adverbs and superlatives.
X: I ran slow.
X: You juggle good.
X: Dan is the older of the four siblings. Rule 7: Parallel Construction
Ideas that are parallel (related) should be expressed in the same way.
X: I occupy my leisure time with practicing yoga, reading, but not to jog. Rule 8: Run-ons and Fragments
Don't be fooled by the length of the sentence.
X: Considering my personal set of moral beliefs, the well-being of all those affected by my decision, and the long- term ramifications of not only this, but of all my actions as a responsible adult. Rule 9: Dangling Modifiers
Words or clauses that don't exactly express what is meant either because words are left out or are poorly organized.
X: After reading the original study, the article remains unconvincing. Rule 10: Sentence Logic/Concise Writing
Not all errors are grammatical in nature.
X: Sentences may be grammatically correct, and do not convey the writer's thought. Rule 11: Proper use of common expressions.
(See Rule 10)
X: I should of taken your advice and treated myself to dessert. Rule 12: Logical Comparisons
It's true; you can't compare apples to oranges.
X: My mother's salary is higher than Jane's mother.