Students applying particularly for liberal arts and social science majors have technically more chance to avail scholarships and admissions in top tier universities based on their SAT’s English scores. I always tell my students not to worry if they are a bit weak when it comes to numbers since they can make up for it with the English section. Writing in SAT, although often interpreted as taxing and put aside till the end to be dealt with later, should be prepared for as systematically and consistently as possible.

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For starters, all students should not be under the impression that since they have a general idea about grammar they are prepared to attempt the SAT writing section. When preparing for the writing section you need to follow the grammar rules of SAT books and practice paper keys. A few rules differ from your basic perception of grammar and so have to be practiced over and over again. Some of the grammar rules I impress upon my students to focus upon most are:

Subject-Verb Agreement, Pronoun-Antecedent, Modifiers, Parallel Structure, Punctuation, Infographics, Diction, Idioms and Confused Words, etc.

For practice sessions, it is vital for you to grasp the above mentioned topics especially punctuation and how to combine clauses. You should know how to use commas, periods, colons, dashes, etc since a lot of questions are set to deliberately confuse the student with interplay of punctuations.

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Having analyzed SAT papers with great scrutiny, I have realized around 10-12 questions are easily doable since they do not deal with hardcore grammar but general concepts like Adding, Deleting and Revising Information. At Brightlink- SAT, my first lecture focuses on this aspect encouraging students to make transitions between some basic ideas to choose from: reinforcement, cause and effect, contrast, topic sentence, conclusion sentence, transitions etc. Furthermore, I stress upon understanding the main theme of the paragraph by highlighting important points, how the paragraphs relate to each other and how the ideas and sentences relate to each other.

Time management costs a lot of potential marks even if you have prepared well. When aiming for 750 or 800, even seconds delay matters and so every 35 min section should be practiced at home at your own schedule everyday for at least 2 months. The 4 passages should be read using the “mark up and summarize strategy” which I always stress upon to highlight important points and summarize the passage briefly before proceeding to questions. Every missed question should not be let go of and you should ponder over why it took so much time to identify the clue to the answer. Identify patterns of SAT grammar questions that perplex you more than others and work on it. With practice and intelligent approach, you will be able to ace the writing section 🙂


About the Author:

I am lucky, because through teaching, I get to live my passion. I love inspiring and learning. And I love results. There is no better feeling than seeing one of your students finally “get it.” I did my O and A Levels from Lahore Grammar School and after acing my own SAT, I graduated from LUMS in 2013. I have been teaching and mentoring students since I was in A Level and till date, I have taught more than 5000+ local and international students: helping them with their SAT exam and college applications. I have taught at various schools like Beaconhouse School System, Lahore Grammar School, LACAS, The Froebels, UCL , The Lahore Alma and through my experience, I have realized the most important aspect of teaching is to understand each and every individual’s needs. This can only be developed through a personal understanding of each of them. You can always drop by to have a discussion with me over a cup of coffee! Looking forward to teaching you. :)

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