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Content of SAT II Writing
Please Note:
The last administration of the SAT II Writing was on 1/22/05. Beginning 3/12/05, parts of the SAT II Writing test will be included in the New SAT. You should be studying the New SAT book. Go there!
Content of SAT II Writing
What does ETS test on SAT II Writing?  Not much. The essay portion of the SAT II tests your general writing skills; the multiple-choice portion tests your knowledge of the following grammar and writing rules:
  • Verb tense agreement
  • Pronoun rules
  • Parallelism
  • Noun agreement
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Coordination and subordination
  • Logical comparison
  • Misplaced modifiers
  • Diction
  • Wordiness
  • Idiom
  • Sentence fragments and run-ons
  • Double negatives
SAT II Writing does not cover:
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Technical names of grammar and writing rules
Because of the limited material tested, and because you will never have to know grammar terms, you should not feel daunted or panicked as you set out to study for this test. In essence, the Writing test doesn’t test your ability to understand grammar so much as it tests your ability to “hear” wrong grammar. You see, in order to do well on this test, you need to be able to identify only two things: sentences that sound strange, and sentences that sound right. On one section of the test, you’ll have to know how to fix up a strange sentence so it sounds right. On the essay section, you’ll have to know how to generate your own right sentences. If you can sniff out a bad sentence, you’re well on your way to doing well on SAT II Writing.
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