SAT Reading and Writing

This class will consist of an overview of the SAT Reading & Writing tests and include strategies for how to analyze and respond to the various types of multiple choice reading and writing questions, and provide an overview of expectations and strategies for the optional SAT Essay. Weekly homework will be assigned in the areas of reading, writing, and vocabulary for students to reinforce skills discussed in class.


Commonly Tested Elements of Style/Grammar

  • Words and expressions
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Sentence boundaries
  • Sentence relationships
  • Verb tense, mood, and voice
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelisms
  • Comparisons
  • Transitioning

Essay Writing

  • Analyzing the passage
  • Basics of rhetorical analysis
  • Formulating a thesis
  • Supporting the thesis with evidence
  • Essay organizational frameworks

Strategies for Reading SAT passages

  • Single passages vs. paired passages
  • Identifying topic, scope, and organizational structure patterns of passages
  • Underlining and annotating for efficiency
  • Using the test format to support accuracy
  • Understanding style and structure to guide analysis

The Most Common Types of Questions

  • Detail questions
  • Big picture questions
  • Evidence questions
  • Vocabulary in context questions

SAT Vocabulary Study