SAT Writing: "Neither" of the Words is Plural

Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 2:57 PM

The words either and neither almost always signal an error in SAT Writing questions. Errors in agreement become an issue when these words are used as pronouns, as in the following phrases:

  • either of these invitations
  • neither of the boys

As pronouns, either and neither are always singular. However, notice that in both examples the pronouns are grouped with a prepositional phrase and the object of the preposition is plural. For example, in the first one, either is accompanied by of these invitations where invitations is plural. This arrangement creates confusion with Subject and Verb Agreement as well as Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement, which makes it a perfect sentence structure for SAT Writing questions. Consider an example:

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Important Dates for the September 12, 2015 ACT

Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

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If you're considering signing up for the September 12, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Important Dates for the September 12, 2015 ACT

Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Deadline-5
If you're considering signing up for the September 12, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Topics: ACT prep

SAT Reading Comprehension: Questions About the Author’s Attitude

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 3:05 PM

Questions about the author’s Positiveattitude ask you to interpret the author’s feelings toward the subject of the article or a subject in the text. These questions are easy to recognize because they almost always employ the words attitude, tone, or feeling. Consider a few examples:

The tone of the passage can best be described as

The author’s attitude toward school uniforms might best be described as…

Passage 1 and Passage 2 share a general tone of….

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Self-Study Plans for the SAT

Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Bad news, besties: there are just over 11 weeks until the next SAT, so even though school is still out, it's time to start thinking about academics again. I know, I know. And it gets worse: pretty soon you'll be an adult and then you won't have any more summers off. But that's another post for another day.

The most prepared test takers have already purchased The SAT Bible trilogy, and have picked out the perfect study plan to fit their schedules from our Free Help Area. Right?

But if you can only purchase one book for the SAT, all test prep experts agree that the single most important resource for your preparation is The Official SAT Study Guide, a book published by the makers of the SAT. Often referred to as “The Blue Book,” it is a crucial component of your study plans because it is the only book with real test questions. That’s why all PowerScore students receive a copy of this book when they enroll in a course or in tutoring.

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SAT Tips and Tricks: Diction Errors in SAT Writing Questions

Posted by on July 9, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Mark Twain once quipped, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” I doubt that he was thinking about standardized Writing tests when he uttered those words, but they are conveniently applicable to SAT diction errors.

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Score Some Summer Free Stuff with the SAT Essay

Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM

One last SAT-free blog before July dawns and we must all start thinking about the October SAT.  Today’s topic? How to write an SAT Essay in real life.
I think the state of fast food restaurant service is in fast decline. Maybe it’s just where I live, but it’s impossible to go through a drive-through these days and get my order exactly as I ordered it. I let my boys have fast food once a week, usually on Saturdays after our trip to the beach, and week after week, we are either missing something or given the wrong items. This might not seem so stressful to the average teenager, but telling two tired four-year-olds that there are no chicken nuggets today is like telling your dad that you didn’t see the stop sign when you hand over the keys to his mangled new Porsche.
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Summer Solutions: Real World SAT Math

Posted by on June 18, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Still June, still SAT-free, right? Works for me.

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How Summer TV Can Help Your Shape Up Your SAT Vocabulary

Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Let’s keep June SAT-free, shall we? It just seems unnatural to think about standardized tests right after the school year ends. Next month, after the holiday, you can start thinking about college admissions again, but for now, let’s just concentrate on what’s important: summer. 

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Fun Ways to Prepare for the SAT This Summer

Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM

As schools across the country start to let out for summer break this week (except for those of you in northern states, of course, who have to make up snow days until July), the last thing you want to talk about is the SAT, right? I understand. I don’t get as many vacations in a year as you do, but when I do, you won’t find me on the beach or by the pool addressing the secrets of a 30:60:90 triangle. It’s okay if you need a couple of weeks to unwind, but unfortunately, I’m not on vacation with you. I have to write about the SAT. It’s my job. So as a compromise, I promise not to mention The-Test-That-Must-Not-Be-Named by name, and instead talk about some seemingly unrelated activities you can do this summer to help you prepare without even realizing it.

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