SAT Grammar Practice : Tips And Tricks To Master The Section

You probably already know that your SAT writing test involves two sections – Essay writing and Grammar test. The latter is further divided into two more sections; one of 25 minutes and one of 10 minutes.

According to experts, the Grammar section is where test takers can do well and boost their scores. But it doesn’t always work out like that and there are slip-ups. We will talk you through rules that can help you avoid them, but before that let’s take a look at what the test entails.

Tips for SAT Grammar Practice

Different types of grammar questions

There are 49 questions in all, and they equate to more than two thirds of the marks in this section. That should give you a fair idea of the importance of this section. Overall, there are three different types of grammar questions that you will have to tackle:

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  • Identification of sentence errors.
  • Sentence correction (improving sentences)
  • Editing in context (improving paragraphs)

Rules that will help you rule the test

Grammar test can seem intimidating for some but it can actually be quite straightforward. You can do well in this section by familiarizing yourself with a few simple rules that you are probably going to use throughout the test.

  • Pronouns

Here you have to be careful with pronoun-antecedent agreement. In a sentence a pronoun replaces an antecedent. Absence of antecedent is an error. It can also be present but disagree with the pronoun in number.

  • Subject-Verb

You will often find long sentences where the Subject and the Verb have a lot of words and clauses between them. Your job is to identify the Subject in every sentence and match it with the verb. Simple rule to follow is plural nouns take singular verb and vice versa.

  • Idioms

They can be two part idioms like “neither… nor” or prepositional idioms like “interested IN”. Make sure you have practiced them beforehand.

  • Run-ons and Fragments

Fragment is where either the subject or predicate verb is lacking. A run-on has too much information, often due to the fact that two independent clauses are put together incorrectly.

  • Parallelism

Parallel construction is where phrases or items have to be in the same form. SAT tests these phrases in a series with the help of parts of speech like nouns, verbs, prepositions etc.

Comparisons, Passive Voice, Diction, Wordiness and Modification are some of the other rules that can come handy in preparing you for the SAT Grammar test.

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