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Help with SAT Writing strategies?

Hey guys! So I'm planning to take the SAT soon, but I'm really struggling with the Writing section. Any tips or advice for improvement? Specifically, I'm kinda lost when it comes to word choice and diction errors.

7 months ago

Hey there! It's normal to feel a little lost with the SAT Writing section, but with some practice and the right strategies, you can definitely improve.

For word choice and diction errors, start by familiarizing yourself with common types of errors like homophones, redundancies, and idiomatic expressions. Keep in mind that the SAT wants clear and concise language, so when in doubt, choose the simpler word or expression.

Here are a few tips:

1. Read carefully and understand the context in which the word is used. This will help you determine if it's appropriate or if there's a better alternative.

2. Watch for words that sound similar but have different meanings (e.g., affect vs. effect). Make sure you're using the correct word for the context.

3. Be mindful of redundant phrases, as the SAT may test your ability to eliminate overly wordy phrases (e.g., 'each and every' – just choose 'each' or 'every').

Lastly, practice is key. Work through SAT Writing practice problems and expose yourself to a variety of texts to get a feel for proper diction and word choice. Good luck!

7 months ago

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