Many students struggle with the SAT Multiple Choice Writing section, which is surprising given how coachable this section of the exam really is. The SAT Multiple Choice Writing section is nothing more than a basic test of your English grammar comprehension. In an effort to elucidate this theory, we have compiled a list of 14 example problems that highlight some of the more common grammatical mistakes students are expected to recognize on test day. Join us over the next several weeks as we review these fourteen questions, one-by-one, to help you improve your SAT score.
Tip 1: Remember, the Writing section of the SAT tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. It is not enough for an answer choice to be grammatically correct, it must also be the option that most effectively expresses what the underlined portion of the question is trying to convey.
1. Besides publishing ten poetry collections for adults, Gary Soto, who is writing numerous collections of short stories and novels for children.
A. Soto, who is writing
B. Soto, the writer of
C. Soto writing
D. Soto has written
E.Soto, in addition to writing
Explanation: (D) is the correct answer. The original sentence is incorrect because it lacks an independent clause. Furthermore, the verb “is” is in the present tense, which is incorrect because it indicates that Soto is presently (at this moment) writing stories. (D) fixes this by removing the relative pronoun “who,” making the dependent clause into an independent clause. Furthermore, (D) address the mismatch in tense by changing the simple present “is writing” into the present perfect “has written.” (A) is the incorrect original sentence. (B), (C), and (E) are all incorrect because they do not create independent clauses.