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Ch 13: SAT Subject Test Literature: Writing Structure & Organization

About This Chapter

Review how to examine the structure of a piece of writing for clues to its meaning to prepare you for the SAT subject exam in literature. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of this section in a simple and clear manner.

SAT Literature: Writing Structure and Organization - Chapter Summary

In some ways, a reader is like a detective, looking for clues in a piece of writing that help the reader find the writer's meaning. Use our video lessons to help you understand cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, and other tools you can use. The writing structure and organization chapter includes:

  • The structure in writing and how it affects meaning
  • The function of transitions in a reading selection
  • How to identify the organization
  • Cause and effect
  • Compare and contrast
  • Problem/solution
  • How to determine the sequence of events or steps in a process

Our video instructors show you step-by-step how to use these techniques to look for meaning in a piece. Short, easy-to-understand lessons and self-assessment quizzes help you track how well you're learning each lesson as you go.

SAT Literature Objectives

The SAT literature subject test compares you to other high school students in terms of learning the material commonly taught in U.S. classrooms. You'll be asked to answer questions about 6-8 sets of passages. The excerpts and poems you'll encounter on the exam test your knowledge of:

  • Renaissance to 17th-century literature
  • 18th- and 19th-century literature
  • 20th-century literature
  • Literature from the British Isles
  • American literature
  • English-language literature from other parts of the world

The exam consists of approximately 60 multiple-choice questions - the same types of questions you'll practice in each lesson module. Genres represented on the exam include:

  • Drama (plays) - up to 10%
  • Prose, including both essays and fiction - 40%-50%
  • Poetry - 40%-50%

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