The SAT Prep Black Book

SAT Writing Multiple Choice

Overview and Important Reminders for Improving Sentences on the SAT Writing Section

The Improving Sentences questions on the SAT Writing section are relatively straightforward and repetitive once you develop a feel for the rules and patterns we’ll talk about in the next couple of pages. Each question presents you with a sentence that has an underlined word or phrase. The answer choices then provide you with several possible versions of the underlined portion of the prompt sentence. Your job is to choose the version of the underlined phrase that fits best according to the College Board’s ideas of grammar and style.

Don’t worry! You’ll find that these questions test a fairly limited number of concepts, and—like everything else on the SAT—you’ll be able to answer them pretty mechanically with a little practice. Let’s get started.