SAT Section 3 – Writing

The Writing section consists of multiple-choice questions and one brief essay. The essay test is 25 minutes long and contributes 30% to the total score, while the multiple-choice questions contribute 70%.  The total duration for the Writing test is 60 minutes.There are 49 multiple-choice questions, divided into three main sections.


Identifying Sentence Errors

18 Questions

Improving Sentences Questions

25 Questions


Improving Paragraph Questions

6 Questions

The Identifying Sentence Question as well as the Improving Sentences Section is scored on a solo or single and unrelated subject on a selection of topics. For example, for each of the 18 identifying sentence error questions, you’ll see one sentence with five underlined words or phrases in it. Your task is to figure out which underlined section has an error. If there is no error, you’ll have a “no error” choice. You get 1 point for every correct multiple-choice question. and you lose a quarter point for every wrong answer. No points are given if you change or omit your answers. The Improving Paragraph questions on the other hand, are based on a simple passage. The average score for Writing is 493 points.

An example of the test below :

You have twenty-five minutes to write an essay on the topic assigned below.

“Many persons believe that to move up the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and relinquish it. But others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and integrate past and present.”
(Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation
Assignment: Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present?)

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.