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# 3.1: Introduction to the Writing Section

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

The SAT allots 60 minutes\begin{align*}60 \ minutes\end{align*} in total for the writing section. The writing section of the SAT consists of an essay and three types of multiple-choice questions:

1. The Essay
2. Identifying the Error
3. Improving Sentences
4. Improving Paragraphs

You have 25 minutes\begin{align*}25 \ minutes\end{align*} for the essay, and two sections are split between 25\begin{align*}25\end{align*} (35 questions) and 10 minutes\begin{align*}10 \ minutes\end{align*} (14 questions).

In total, the writing section consists of 73\begin{align*}73\end{align*} raw marks that are used to determine your scaled score of 200800\begin{align*}200-800\end{align*} points. The essay accounts for 24\begin{align*}24\end{align*} points (practically a third of your writing score), and the remaining 49\begin{align*}49\end{align*} points are decided by the three multiple choice sections. Here is the distribution of raw marks:

1. The Essay (24\begin{align*}24\end{align*} raw marks; two scorers provide a score between 16\begin{align*}1-6\end{align*} and this sum is doubled)
2. Identifying the Error (18\begin{align*}18\end{align*} raw marks)
3. Improving Sentences (25\begin{align*}25\end{align*} raw marks)
4. Improving Paragraphs (6\begin{align*}6\end{align*} raw marks)

You can see how important each type of writing question is; however, you want to earn the maximum points possible and not pick and choose your favorite problems!

[For the remaining lessons in SAT writing and hundreds of practice questions, please visit INeedAPencil.com. In the meantime, complete the following 10 questions to get a sense for your performance in this subject.]

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