SAT (Fall 2023)
An overview of the SAT Writing and Language Test.
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- How are we supposed to read Four passages in 35 minutes? What if you're a really slow reader?(22 votes)
- For writing passages, you really don't need to read the whole passage. Just look for the numbers in the passage. Just read the underlined portion. If the question is grammatical, immediately answer it. If it asks for a statement read the previous few lines and formulate the answer. Trust me, it works. I missed 5 questions out of 35 on my second practice test using this.(46 votes)
- i am taking the diagonistic practice and quite ofently i correct 5/11 or 6/11 so what is my skill level and what should i do to improve my skill level and what is the good score for a diagonistic means 9/11 or 10/11?(8 votes)
- Will this be helpful for the new SAT?(5 votes)
- Why provide a passage to "read" when the state just to skim through it?(5 votes)
- Because they can't just give you a summary. The point is to "read" it and use the passage to answer questions and skimming lets you do that but quicker.(1 vote)
- in the literature passage i was doing I had a hard time trying to answer some question, What is a good tip on how to study for the English part of the exam?(4 votes)
- For the reading section on the SAT, you both have to read the passage well and answer the questions well. Make sure that you're good at and practice both skills. Reading outside of the SAT is fun, and can help you better comprehend SAT passages.
Other than that, just make sure you keep taking and reviewing practice passages. Pay attention to what kinds of questions and parts of the whole test-taking process you're struggling with, and focus on improving those as best you can.(2 votes)
- Question: What do they mean when they say humanities at0:32?(2 votes)
- how does grammatical question function(3 votes)
- The section you need to correct is underlined and has a number next to it. That number corresponds to the question you need to answer. Look at that question, and there will be 4 responses. Response A will always be no change. Select that if you believe the portion underlined is correct as-is. If not, then look at B, C, and D for what it would be replaced with, and select the one that best replaces the underlined section.(1 vote)
- It is difficult for me to understand tables or charts and i can't answer their questions correctly plz help to make it possible(1 vote)
- I recommend looking up videos on interpreting graphs and tables. There's quite a bit that can help you.(4 votes)
- I cant keep my focus on adding or deleting a sentence on writing passage. what should I do to get them right?(2 votes)
- Just take your time and work through all of the questions and answers then pick the one that fits the most. Always take deep breaths before starting the test and during the test.(2 votes)
- What helps with finding main idea.(1 vote)
- You don't really need to know the main idea for the Writing and Language section. If you must have some context, read the sentence before and after the underlined portion. Usually the question deals with correct sentence structure, punctuation, or vocabulary. The only time you may need to skim the whole thing is when you are asked a sentence/paragraph removal or addition question, or if you need to have some idea of the author's style and tone for a certain question.(2 votes)
The SAT consists of tests in Reading, Writing and Language, and Math – plus an optional Essay. This video focuses on the Writing and Language test. In this test, you’ll use your skills and knowledge to revise and edit passages. You will have 35 minutes to read four passages and answer 44 multiple-choice questions. The topics for the four passages are careers, science, humanities, and history or social studies. The writing modes of these four passages will vary: one will be narrative, at least one will be argumentative, and at least one will be informative or explanatory. Certain passages and some questions will include tables, graphs, or charts. A graphic may provide additional support for a point made in the passage. Questions may ask you to use the graphic to correct an error in the passage or to replace the passage’s vague description with a more precise one. The passages and questions will appear this way in your test booklet. The passages may extend to more than one page, so don’t assume a passage is over until you see the title of the next one. The question numbers within the passage will help you determine the section the question is targeting. When you see underlined text after the boxed number, you will be asked which of the four answers results in the most effective expression in the context of the passage. Some questions that ask about an underlined portion in the passage offer directions or ask an actual question. When there are no additional directions or questions, assume that you have to choose the answer that’s the most effective or correct. Choose the “NO CHANGE” answer if you think the original version presented in the passage is the best choice; otherwise, pick one of the three alternatives offered in the question. When you see a boxed number and nothing else in the sentence, the question will tell you exactly what to do. When the paragraphs or sentences in a passage are numbered, you will have a question about where a particular sentence or paragraph should be placed. All of the questions on this test are based on the context of the passages. You won’t be tested on isolated skills or asked to identify specific grammar rules. There are two categories of questions. In the first, Expression of Ideas, you will be asked to improve the development of the topic, the organization of information and ideas, and the effectiveness of the language. The second category is Standard English Conventions. These questions will ask you to recognize and correct errors in sentence structure, grammar, usage and punctuation. You’re in the right place to learn more about the SAT Writing and Language Test – right here on Khan Academy. So, let’s get started with some free hands-on practice!