Tackling Advanced Punctuation on the New SAT

One of the major changes coming to the new SAT will be the advanced punctuation questions. While this was one area barely touched upon in the old SAT, the new SAT will present challenges in this area to test takers. Typically, advanced punctuation includes commas, colons, semicolons, parenthesis and the likes. Students need to master the core concepts to do well on these types of questions.

In the new SAT, you should be able to know which punctuation marks should be applied in which condition. You must know know when to use commas, colons, semicolons and other punctuation marks in a sentence.

For instance, commas are usually used to separate parts of a sentence such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and other list items. Colon, on the other hand, helps you to elaborate on the preceding sentence. For more details, refer to our article on punctuation rules.

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The new SAT might trick you with questions where the answer choices are very close and the difference is very minute. For example, students commonly use colons and semicolons interchangeably. In a difference as subtle as this, knowing the rule that semicolons should always form an independent clause can come in very handy.

With advanced punctuation questions, folks at the College Board want to determine whether you are adept enough to structure and organize your sentences. It is useful to know these rules since it will improve your writing and make you a better communicator. To master this question type, make sure you solve a lot of practice problems. Whenever you solve problems, do spend time reviewing your answers and understand the rationale behind the correct answer. Spend time on this and you will reap the benefits late!

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