Do you know that that Grammar section makes up for over two thirds of marks in your SAT writing test? It’s understandable that this section, especially given the stakes, can seem daunting for Native and non-Native English speakers alike. But it doesn’t have to be like that and there are simple rules you can follow to ace the test.
However, before we get to the rules let us try and understand different types of questions you are going to encounter in your SAT Grammar test. They include:
- Identification of sentence errors
- Sentence correction
- Editing in context
There are millions of grammar rules in English language; you aren’t expected to know all of them. Want better news? These three types of questions you come across in your test will mostly need you to know few fundamental rules, some of which are mentioned below:
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Parts Of Speech
Of course you are going to be able to tell the difference between a noun, pronoun, verbs and adjectives. However SAT can throw you a few surprises here, which is why you need to familiarize yourself with simple rules. It’s important that verbs agree with the subject, are parallel with each other and have consistent tenses.
While you would normally think of different clauses on their own, SAT requires you to spot the errors made when linking two independent clauses. You will come across run-on sentences, fragments that are not connected correctly, and your task is to pick out words that may have messed up the flow.
Singular Vs. Plural
You might think that you could hit these questions out of the park, but think again and cautiously this time. SAT loves to trick you with these questions where you will come across “group” words like The Family, The Company etc, which are all singular.
Me and I
This is one rule where experienced native English speakers tend to trip over often as well. It’s the type of sentence that you probably have heard wrong many times too. Simple rule to follow – Check if “I” and “me” can work in the sentence on its own. If they do, then you’ve got it right.
“About”, “before”, “for” are some of the common prepositions you use practically every day. Learn when to use them and when not to. Thing to note – they turn nouns that follow into objects. Rule of thumb – never end a sentence with a preposition.
Practice these simple rules and your SAT grammar test would go just fine. Attempt a few free practice questions to test your understanding.