The Writing and Language section on the SAT is the second part of the test that contributes to each student’s verbal score that is earned, in addition to the Reading section. Students have 35 minutes to complete the section with 44 multiple choice questions that must be answered, which are based on four passages that are provided. All of the passages are sourced from areas that include Science, Social Studies, Humanities, and Careers. Each passage is non-fiction, argument-based, and explanatory. Some of the passages may even be accompanied by visual illustrations with bar graphs, tables, and charts. Students will need to find the different errors that are purposely included in each passage and know how they need to be fixed, which will allow them to answer correctly on the questions provided.
The section is designed to test students’ editorial skills and their understanding of grammar rules, while also having an ability to organize ideas or phrases. Command of Evidence, Words in Context, Expression of Ideas, Standard English Conventions, and Data Interpretation are also taken into account. 200 to 800 points can be earned on this section of the exam.