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Using the Similarity of SAT II Writing for Personal Gain
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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!
Using the Similarity of SAT II Writing for Personal Gain
Suppose you sit down in a quiet room and spend an hour taking the practice test. Once you’ve completed the test, you flip to the back of the book and check your answers. You get to question 10 and notice that you got it wrong. You look back at the question, and see that number 10 asked about this sentence:
At a crucial juncture in the movie, someone reached for their box of candy and loudly removed the plastic packaging.
You chose (E), no error, which turns out to be the wrong answer. As you puzzle over the question, you realize that you don’t understand why you got the answer wrong. The sentence looks perfectly fine to you! You start paging through this very book, looking for tips on the Identifying Sentence Errors section. Seeing that tense errors are common in this section, you check for a tense error in the sentence. No dice. Reading on, you find a tip: look out for the pronoun their, which people often use incorrectly in speech in an effort to avoid using a gender-specific singular pronoun. You realize that you didn’t catch the error in number 10 (which should read, by the way, At a crucial juncture in the movie, someone reached for his or her box of candy and loudly removed the plastic packaging) because you didn’t understand that their is incorrect in that context because someone is singular and so must be matched with a singular pronoun. You now promise that you will exercise extra caution when you see their in a sentence. Also, you now feel confident and smart, because you understand one of the rules governing pronouns.
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