Both the SAT and the ACT have essay components, and both of their essay components are, in a word, ridiculous. (If you’d like to see my video series on the SAT essay, it starts here:

Mike Barrett’s SAT Essay prep )

Unfortunately, the easiest way to do well on either test’s essay component is to learn to game the system. Writing ability as we would like to think of it in high school or college is pretty much irrelevant on the SAT and the ACT.

The SAT multiple choice writing questions are also fairly similar to the multiple choice questions on the ACT English section. Both writing tests require you to apply grammar rules that aren’t really used by most speakers of everyday English, and both tests also require you to pay very strict attention to minute details on the page.

Of course, there are some differences between the SAT and the ACT as well. I’ll discuss those in the next article in this series.

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