12 Tricky SAT Writing Questions to Inoculate Yourself

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By popular demand, this is another post for those of you who always get tricked and trapped! SAT Writing this time.

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  1. The agency reports that by rigorously enforcing state regulations, industrial pollution has been successfully reduced to acceptable levels.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) a reduction of industrial pollution to acceptable levels has succeeded.
    C) they have succeeded to reduce industrial pollution to acceptable levels.
    D) it has succeeded in reducing industrial pollution to acceptable levels.

  2. Originally built as a church, later converted to a mosque, and now used as a museum, Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) later converted to a mosque and is
    C) was later converted to a mosque, and
    D) it was later converted to a mosque and is

  3. Though the communications company offers high-speed Internet service, they charge exorbitant rates, and customers complain about long delays for technical support.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) they charge rates that are exorbitant
    C) exorbitant rates are charged by them
    D) it charges exorbitant rates

  4. The island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is the habitat of more than 200,000 species of plants and animals, many are not found anywhere else on the planet.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) animals; many, not found anywhere
    C) animals; of which many are not found anywhere
    D) animals, many found nowhere

  5. Each of the men who attended the meeting were suspected to be a spy.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) were suspected of being spies.
    C) was suspected of being spies.
    D) was suspected of being a spy.

  6. The first emperor of Rome was Augustus, and many people think that it was Julius Caesar.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) not, as many people think,
    C) but many people think it to be
    D) not what many people are thinking,

  7. Perched atop a sandstone mesa, Acoma Pueblo is the oldest inhabited community in North America, and its population currently about fifteen families.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) America, currently its population is
    C) America and currently has a population of
    D) America, whose current population is

  8. After college Susan King founded a publishing company but eventually reduced her role in the firm to pursue her interests in storytelling and art by creating her own books.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) company, and eventually reducing
    C) company, she eventually reduced
    D) company, however, she eventually reduced

  9. Sam’s photographs of the national forest express a deep interest and a respect for the beauty of nature.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) expresses a deep interest
    C) express a deep interest in
    D) expresses a deep interest in

  10. Katarina could not be certain whether the voice she heard on the recording was her uncle or someone else who speaks with a heavy German accent.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) uncle’s or someone else
    C) uncle’s or that of someone else
    D) uncle’s or someone else’s

  11. Writing about South Africa’s dispossessed people during the period of apartheid, the plays of Athol Fugard brought him into conflict with the South African government.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) apartheid, Athol Fugard’s plays have brought him
    C) apartheid, it brought playwright Athol Fugard
    D) apartheid brought playwright Athol Fugard

  12. Just by unplugging your cell phone charger when you are not using it reduces carbon dioxide pollution.

    A) NO CHANGE
    B) Just unplugging one’s
    C) Just unplugging your
    D) If you just unplug your


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