The SAT writing portion of the test includes an essay portion and a section of multiple choice questions and answers. The time given to students to complete this portion of the SAT as a whole is 60 minutes. The students are given:
The essay portion is completed by writing a response to a given prompt and assignment. This portion tests the student’s writing skills when presented with a topic that must be supported by facts and opinion.
The multiple choice section tests an individual’s knowledge by evaluating how well they can improve sentences and paragraphs and identify errors. The errors found in the multiple choice section are errors that are common while writing, and include diction, grammar, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage, and wordiness errors.
The SAT Reasoning Test was formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. It was first developed by the Educational Testing Service and is currently developed and owned by the College Board. The Educational Testing Service still administers the test.
The test is designed to measure whether or not a student is ready for college. It takes around four and one half hours to take, which includes the breaks and orientation. The actual testing time is three hours and forty-five minutes.
The SAT Reasoning Test has three sections which measure the student’s knowledge of mathematics, grammar, sentence structure, and writing ability. The three sections of the test are:
Each section has a possibility of 800 points.
If you are taking the SAT Reasoning Test soon, you may want to know about the SAT practice writing topics. The writing section of the test is about 70 percent on knowledge of grammar and sentence structure, with the remaining consisting of an essay.
In the essay for the SAT Reasoning Test, you will be expected to effectively develop the main idea and offer clear examples. The essay should show excellent critical thinking skills that show logical reasoning. It should be well organized, with a smooth flow of the main points. Also needed is mastery of the English language.
For your information, here is a sample prompt from the SAT Reasoning Test:
Usually, people look to others around them—ordinary people—for their heroes. They define heroes as decent citizens who make sacrifices or try to make a difference. For example, people name streets after local war veterans, parks after teachers, bridges after local politicians. Rejecting historical, literary, or national figures as heroes, people tend to believe that anyone can be a hero. A hero does not have to be superhuman.
Assignment: Should ordinary people be considered heroes, or should the term "hero" be reserved for extraordinary people? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
Writing success on the SAT will be based on your ability to create outlines that help you organize their thoughts on paper, as well as your ability to compose your essay using the brainstorming points that you have laid out in your outlines. Having the opportunity to write from prompts on a regular basis, well in advance of the SAT, is very important for SAT writing success.
A list of links follows that show examples of actual questions faced during the completion of the writing portion of the SAT:
There are sites online that can give practice on all sections of the SAT Reasoning Test: