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Using Testing Strategies on the SAT Writing and Language

In today’s blog, we will look at how you can use one of the testing strategies we teach our students to handle problems on the SAT Writing and Language. Consider the text and question below from the College Board’s SAT Practice Test 7.

In this case, we can use backsolving to make sure that the tenses of the verbs in this paragraph stay consistent. Reading before the underlined word “spawns,” we can see that the paragraph is written in the past tense, paying attention to verbs “increased” and “elaborated.” Therefore, we must keep the tense the same. Using backsolving, we plug in each answer choice to see which fits. Only plugging in answer choice B keeps the tenses consistent, so answer choice B is our correct answer. Knowing how and when to use these strategies helps our students to save time and answer more questions correctly, improving their scores.

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About the Author:

John Marderosian is the founder, owner, and operator of Innovative Education Solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, as well as increasing the capacity of teachers to accomplish the same with their students.

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