How to Improve Score on SAT Writing Section

To score high on the SAT Writing section, planning and organization are key for the essay while your ears are your most valuable tools for identifying errors.

SAT Writing Multiple Choice

The best way to identify sentence errors and improve sentences and paragraphs is to go with what sounds better. You don’t have to know why it’s wrong. You just have to know what is wrong, so to prepare for this section, you need to train your ears. Read SAT-level material, such as The Wall Street Journal, consistently, and you’ll be surprised at how much work your sub-conscious does for you.

SAT Essay

You only get 25 minutes to write a well-developed essay with evidence to back up all of your statements. Many will be tempted to read the prompt and go straight to writing, but not you, because you know better than that. Because you have such little time to write a good essay, you need to take a few minutes after you read the prompt to carefully plan your approach.

Make an Outline for Your Essay

The first thing you need to do is decide what side you’re going to take. Do you agree with the statement in the prompt? Disagree? Make sure you make it clear what side you’re supporting. Second, quickly make an outline. Write what you’ll put in the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Write what points you are going to make and what evidence you are going to use to support.

Follow Your Essay Outline

Once you have your plan, you’ll be ready to write. Unlike the foolish SAT test-takers, you’ll have your plan right in front of you, so your essay will flow better and have well-supported ideas.


How to Improve SAT Critical Reading Section Score

To score high on the SAT Critical Reading section, you need to be used to reading SAT-level material and lots of it. You also need to know that SAT reading isn’t casual reading nor is it the textbook reading you do for school. When you’re reading for the SAT, you have to read actively and understand the main idea of each passage. What you don’t need to do is memorize every detail.

Read SAT Passages Actively

As you are reading, ask yourself questions about the passage. What is passage’s main idea? What style is the author writing in? Is the passage an opinion? Is it a report? These are all likely questions that could be asked in one form or another. Active reading will help you stay better focused on the passage. Don’t get caught asking yourself what you just read!

Staying focused on a passage is, for many, the hardest part of critical reading. This is why practice is crucial. You have to get used to actively reading SAT-level material for a long time. Read from sources like The Wall Street Journal or classic novels whenever you can. Reading a lot will also help you with the SAT writing section and sentence completions.

SAT Sentence Completion

The most valuable tool for SAT sentence completion questions is a good vocabulary. To improve your vocabulary, you can either memorize words from a list or learn vocabulary in context. The best way is the latter method. Why? Because that’s how your brain works. You gain a better understanding of a word when you know how it is used. This also forces you to think more about a word.

To learn words in context, read SAT-level material like The Wall Street Journal or classic novels. Surely you’ll come across words you don’t know. If you don’t know a word, look it up in a dictionary and write it down. Do this regularly and watch your arsenal of words grow.

However, if you don’t have much time, then you should learn words from a good vocbulary list. Study 30-50 words per day, and at the end of each week review all of the words you have already gone over.

SAT Test Strategies

Timing on the SAT Test

Your SAT score will suffer if you run out of time and don’t finish a section, so it’s very important that you manage your time wisely during the SAT test. The following are some SAT tips to make sure you don’t run out of time on test day.

Don’t Get Stuck on a Question

If you don’t know the answer to an SAT problem, don’t waste time pondering over it. MOVE ON. Mark the question in your booklet so that you can come back to it later. As you move on to the next question, make sure you fill in your answer sheet correctly.

Keep Track of Time During the SAT

You should always know how much time is left and where in the section you should be. Remember that different types of questions take different amounts of time. For example, you should not be spending the same amount of time on sentence completions that you are on reading reading comprehension.

If you’re spending more than a minute on a sentence completion question, you’re going too slow.

To clock in on fast you should be answering questions, take lots of SAT practice tests as if they were the real thing

Check Your Answers

During the SAT test you will probably a little nervous. While a little bit of anxiety is good, your nervousn