What to Look For in the SAT Writing and Language Multiple-Choice Section

By Geraldine Woods, Ron Woldoff

Part of SAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Are you worried about the multiple-choice writing and language section on the new SAT? Don’t be! Remember to check for these common issues, which show up frequently on the redesigned SAT. When you read the four passages, pay special attention to these topics:

  • Grammar mistakes, especially subject-verb agreement, verb tense, complete sentences, and pronoun case

  • Punctuation errors (misplaced or missing commas and missing semicolons)

  • Word choice, especially words that don’t fit the context of the sentence

  • Smooth and concise sentences

  • Unity and focus