Improving Your SAT Writing Score

Have you already taken the SAT and noticed that you didn’t score as well as you would have liked on the Writing and Language Test? If so, getting the target score you want is possible with a little bit of direction, focus, and an understanding of what the test is asking of you. The best way to hit your target is to get help from an experienced program with a proven track record. Benthall Test Prep is focused on doing just that with a comprehensive SAT Mastery program designed to help you boost your test scores, which includes extensive focus on The Writing and Language Test. To learn more about our program and the services we offer, simply read below and contact us to learn about all the ways we can help you improve your SAT Writing and Language score today.

Understand What’s Being Assessed

According to the College Board, the Writing and Language section of the SAT measures your skills in five core areas. These include the following: 1) The Command of Evidence portion tasks you with improving the ways in which passages presented to you develop information and convey ideas. 2) The Words in Context portion assesses your vocabulary through the improvement of word choices according to a passage’s tone or style. 3) The Analysis in History/Social Studies and Science portion asks you to read passages about topics that range from history to social studies to natural science and then requires you to make editorial improvements. 4) The Expression of Ideas section presents you with questions designed to measure your skills in assessing clarity of ideas, structural changes to passages, and how a passage’s structure contributes to its impact. 5) The Standard English Conventions portion requires you to focus on sentence structure, punctuation, and grammatical conventions.

Get to Know Grammar

For the purposes of the Writing and Language Test on the SAT, you will need to understand several areas of grammar in order to achieve your target score. Among these are punctuation, sentence structure, conventional expression, subject-verb agreement, and possessives, just to name a few. When it comes to grammar, knowing basic principles and how they are applied will increase your speed and give you more time to review. This knowledge will also increase your confidence and directly relate to the improvement of your SAT writing score as well as your overall SAT score.

Understanding Time Management

There are four 11-question passages for a total of 44 multiple-choice questions, and you’ll only have 35 minutes to complete them. Each passage is 400-450 words long, and you should aim to complete every passage and its questions with a couple of minutes remaining so that you can review your work. You should spend an average of 8 mins. 50 secs. on each passage leaving yourself time to review at the end. After two passages, check the time. You should have just about 18 minutes remaining if you’re keeping pace. When it comes time to review your answers, remember that your first gut answer is usually correct; you should only change an answer if you spot new information. Whatever you do, don’t second guess yourself!

Understanding and Improving on Challenge Areas

Realizing that we all have areas of weakness is a big step. This acceptance is crucial when seeking to improve your SAT Writing and Language score. Instead of calling these areas “weaknesses,” however, we at BTP prefer to call them “challenge areas,” which provides a more positive focus. When focusing on challenge areas, spend most of your time focusing on topics where you need the most improvement . When you are doing practice questions and taking practice tests, mark every question you miss so that you can later go back to it and determine without a doubt why the wrong answer is wrong and why the right answer is right. After this, take some notes on how you came to that conclusion and review them before the next set of practice questions. Reviewing why you got each question wrong will help you commit that lesson to memory and avoid making that same mistake again.

Confidence is Key

When taking the SAT, or any test for that matter, confidence is key. The same can be said when it comes to improving your SAT Writing and Language score. After all, you have done all of the legwork, studying, and learning that is required to improve your score, and now all that is left is to do it. After you get a good night’s sleep, simply start off test day with a nutritious breakfast that gives your body and your mind the fuel it needs to help you perform your best on the SAT. Once you get to the test, don’t let anxiety and insecurity get the better of you. Breathe and focus on the present moment. When it comes to the Writing and Language Test, you will know what’s expected both in terms of subject matter and testing format. No matter what the day throws at you, you will be ready and in the best position to succeed.

Confidence is Key

When taking the SAT, or any test for that matter, confidence is key. The same can be said when it comes to improving your SAT writing score. After all, you have done all of the legwork, studying, and learning that is required to improve your score, and now all that is left to do is to do it. After you get a good night’s sleep, simply start off test day with a nutritious breakfast that gives your body and your mind the fuel that it needs to help you perform your best on the SAT. Once you get to the test, don’t let anxiety and insecurity get the best of you. When it comes to the writing portion of the test, you know what is expected both in terms of what is being assessed and how it will be presented on the test itself. That means that no matter what the day throws at you, you are ready and have put yourself in the best position possible to succeed.