Category Archives: Writing

Deciphering Meaning from Reading Passages on the SAT and ACT

Overview Questions about longer reading passages on the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests tap students’ abilities to find and use meaning from what they read.  These skills are important to college success, as students are expected to read and understand textbooks in unfamiliar subjects.  Students are expected to extract the main ideas from what […]

Appropriate Sentence Construction for the SAT and ACT

Overview: Some grammar questions on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT ask students to apply the rules they have learned about sentence construction.  Sentence prompts may include dangling clauses, free-standing phrases, and run-on sentences.  The task is to choose the rewritten sentence that makes the most sense without changing the author’s intended meaning. […]

Proofreading for Parallel Structure on the SAT and ACT

Overview:  What Is Parallel Structure? Parallel structure in writing is a refinement technique in which verbs, subjects, and clauses are made similar.  It is tested on the ACT and SAT in grammar questions, as it is a feature that adds impact to writing.  Often, phrases that mean the same may not be parallel. Checklist:  Are […]

Using Prepositions and Conjunctions on the SAT and ACT

Overview:  Why Prepositions and Conjunctions? Both prepositions and conjunctions show relationships between words within sentences.  It is important to use both types correctly, as changing either the preposition in a prepositional phrase or the conjunction can change the direction and meaning of the sentence.  Although they may be overlooked during proofreading, the correct preposition or […]