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Overview of SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing: Writing and Language Test

Overview of SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing: Writing and Language Test

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a paper-pencil test used for admissions into US colleges for undergraduate courses/freshman entry. The test is used to assess a student’s readiness for college. The duration of the test is 3 hours and 50 mins.

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The SAT is divided into five sections:

  1. Evidence based Reading Test
  2. Evidence based Writing and Language Test
  3. Math (no calculator)
  4. Math (with calculator)
  5. Essay (optional)

All the sections are given is the same order as mentioned above. The Evidence Based Reading and Writing test score ranges from 200-800 and the Math score also ranges from 200-800. Total score ranges from 400-1600. Essay section is optional and its scores are graded separately.

The Writing and Language test is the second section of the SAT. There will be a total of 44 questions which must be answered in 35 minutes. All the questions are based on passages, there are no standalone questions. You can expect 4 passages in the Writing and Language Test and each passage will be accompanied by 11 questions.

All questions are multiple choice questions wherein you will be given 4 answer choices to choose from. There will be one right answer for each question. Some passages will be accompanied by a graph or a chart, and for such passages you will have certain questions whose answers will be based on the analysis of the graph or the chart. You do not need to have prior knowledge on any of the topics of the passages. The information provided in the passages are enough for you to answer questions.

The passages will be based on the following topics: Careers; History/Social Studies; Humanities and Science.

The Writing and Language test section tests your understanding on grammar, meaning and word-usage. Its about proofreading passages, identifying errors and making corrections.

The four types of question that you will across on the Writing and Language test are:

  1. Grammar Questions
  2. Word-Usage Questions
  3. Passage Structure Questions
  4. Graph Interpretation Questions

A typical Writing and Language Test question will look like this:

Kevin spent hours poring over his books and practicing questions so that he could ace his college exams.    3 However, he was one of the top three students in the class when the final exams were declared.

Select an Answer



B Since,

C Surprisingly,

D As a result

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