Anatomy of Multiple-Choice Writing
Before plunging into the deep end of the
pool, we need to wade through some basics, including the fundamental
structure of the SAT question type itself. That’s why we
provide you with an X-ray of the multiple-choice writing question.
By looking at these questions inside and out, you’ll know more about
how The College Board tests your skills and how to approach each
and every question you’ll encounter on the SAT.
The new SAT Writing section consists of three types of
multiple-choice questions and one essay. This book is concerned
with the multiple-choice questions; the essay is treated in a separate
book in this series.
The three types of multiple-choice questions are, officially:
- Identifying Sentence Errors
- Improving Sentences
- Improving Paragraphs
Since these official names are kind of clunky, we’ll refer
to these question types, respectively, as:
- Sentence Error ID
- Sentence Improvement
- Paragraph Improvement
Let’s take a look at an example of each question type
and the terms we’ll use to refer to their various parts.