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Caelyn D.
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What is one good strategy for solving "identify sentence error" questions in the SAT Writing section?

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Answer:

Rewrite the sentence in your head. What would you say? It can be helpful to read sentences aloud while practicing. In addition, most of the errors you encounter will fall under 'VPIMPS'. This stands for verb tense, parallelism, idioms, modification (verbs vs. adverbs), pronouns, and sentence structure.

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When beginning a reading comprehension passage, what is the first thing you should do?

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Answer:

Look at the questions after the reading passage and find those that reference line numbers. Next, mark these specific lines on the side of the passage, before you even begin reading. This will improve your speed and accuracy, because you can answer questions referring to line numbers as you read, and it's easy to refer back to a specific selection within the passage.

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What three elements do the most well-written essays possess?

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1. A detailed outline. The outline is the essence of the essay. It provides critical structure. Before you begin to write, it is important that you are able to get your point across to someone, even if the only thing they ever read is the outline. On the other hand, you should be able to see each element of the outline within the final paper. 2. Consistency. Consistency takes many different shapes and forms. Consistency of style, consistency of tense, consistency of voice (passive vs. active), and consistency of ideas are examples. 3. Shape! The hourglass idea. Your introduction begins broad, funnel-shaped, if you will. As you get closer to the body of the essay, your ideas begin to get more and more specific, progressing into a strong, specific, and arguable thesis (what will you argue? Why will you argue this?). You stay specific throughout the body of the essay, proving each point raised in the thesis on a specific, text-based level. The conclusion should refer back to the thesis, then become broader and broader, relating these ideas to the greater world/context. What to they really mean? What is the significance?

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