HOW TO ACE THE SAT EBRW SECTION

Like all the potential SAT EBRW takers and those who’ve already given the exam, know that the SAT exam has reading and writing sections. Every student must give these separately. However, it is not appalling when the scores of your reading and writing sections are not given individually. Instead, they are combined into an ‘EBRW’ section. EBRW stands for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The score for this section can range between 200 and 800. 

The older SAT pattern marked the reading and writing sections separately and the math section as a whole. However, this proved to be leverage only for English-oriented kids. Therefore, to provide an equal share of opportunity to score well to the students stronger in Math, reading and writing sections were combined. 

To ace the SAT exam, you must know how to prepare for it. However, in this article, we look specifically at some tips for you to prepare for the EBRW section of the SAT. Now, to ace the EBRW sections, we give you a few tips that might come in handy:

How to ace the SAT EBRW Section:

1. Know the format

This is the first and foremost step to beginning your preparation. It is a must to know the format of the test you are giving. You should know the structure and pattern of questions and should be familiar with the type of questions that are likely to come. This will help you to know what to expect on the test day.

The SAT reading test consists of 52 multiple-choice questions. These questions will be based on 5 reading passages given to you. A passage usually has a word length of 500-750 words. Some of these passages are purely based on reading, while some may have pictorial representations such as graphs and charts. You will have 65 minutes to answer the reading section. Therefore, you must be prepared with the amount of time you would like to give to reading the passage and then answering the questions.
For the writing section, you will have to answer 44 questions within a time span of 35 minutes. It checks your grammar usage.

2. Mock test

It is the easiest way to identify your mistakes and then work on them. A mock test will give you an effective representation of which areas you need to improve in and work harder on for your final test. It is important that you realize and manage the timing of your test. If you give the mock test right before your final test, it will not make much difference. You will not have enough time to learn more words or improve that area if grammar you are weak at. Therefore, give your mock test on a day such that you have enough time for improvement.

3. Reading a passage

For the reading section, the amount of time you take to read each passage can be instrumental in determining how many questions you answer with enough time to analyze every question properly. There are 5 passages, 52 questions, and 65 minutes only. This leads to a great time constraint. To manage your timing, you need to have a strategy in place to skim through the passage such that you know what it is about and can answer questions in a thoughtful manner, without panicking. You will approximately have 12-14 minutes to read each passage so devise a reading strategy in a manner that suits you.

Practice reading. Read a lot! Start with untimed reading sessions and then move ahead and have timed reading sessions. Reading a lot will help you get a better hold of this section and hence, help you to perform better on test day.

4. Grammar Rules

Do not forget your grammar rules. They are your key to cracking the writing section. You need to be particularly careful since the questions asked are not everyday sentences that you use. They might sound wrong or unusual, but you must know that there is nothing wrong with the question. One important thing to remember is that you must never go by what sounds right to you. It is always the grammar that must be right. This is one reason that you must revise all your grammar rules thoroughly, even though it may not appear to be a big deal.

5. Consistency

If you know your tenses well, you will know what this point is about. Read the question properly. Select an answer that matches the tense of the statement/ anecdote. You cannot have one statement in the past tense and another in the future/ present tense. Also, it is important to know the different types too. There is a simple tense, continuous tense, perfect tense, and perfect continuous tense. You must be able to differentiate between all these.

6. Most correct answer

Multiple answers might seem to be correct. However, you must go with the one that appears to be the most correct one. It could be the most concise grammatically right statement. 

If you aren’t sure of which choice is the correct one, use the process of elimination of choices. Don’t look for the right answer; instead, try eliminating all the wrong ones.

7. Sources for reading

Reliable sources to practice your reading, vocabulary, and grammar are very crucial to a complete understanding of the test. Wrong choices of sources can lead to surprises during the test, with a different format of questions, and so on. The official SAT practice books are always recommended.


We hope these tips help you achieve a score of nearing 800 in the EBRW section! Keep the above 7 tips in mind and you are bound to get great results. All the best for your SAT!