SAT Writing and Language Practice Test
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The passage below will be used for the next 15 questions. Read the passage and answer question <1>

DIRECTIONS: In the passage below, certain phrases are underlined and numbered <x>. The question will present alternatives for the underlined part.  In most cases. you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is the best, choose "NO CHANGE".

The Spine

Good spine health is important for every person. The human spine support the weight of the head, protects the body’s organs, and receives <1>the gravitational pull that helps with posture. Comprised of 33 bones, each called vertebra, the spine is divided into five regions: cervical, <2>thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Vertebra are named according to the region where they are located along the spine and in numerical order. Discs serve as cushions between each vertebra. Nerves run along the spine, carrying signals between the spine and the rest of the body.

There are many reasons why people experience problems with their spine. Some people like us are born <3>with defects such as spina bifida, which stunts infant <4>brain and spine development. Trauma to the spine can also create problems, in addition <5>when the damage is irreversible. Paralysis happened <6>when the spine is injured beyond repair, and may result in loss of function in the arms or legs. Another reason for damage is the body’s natural deterioration. As a person ages, the spine wears out. The discs that separate each vertebra lose moisture, and nerves that run alongside the spine can become more narrow, which <7>decreases the spines <8>ability to absorb pressure, especially when walking, jogging, or jumping.

Prevention is the best way to maintain a healthy back. There are varieties of ways that people keep themselves pain free and functioning at optimum levels. Sleeping on your back with a pillow under the knees supports its <9>natural curve during the night. When sitting at a desk, keeping ears, shoulders, and hips in line while resting the back firmly against the chair helps with posture. Standing straight with relaxed shoulders, hips, and knees will eliminate undue pressure on the spine. Walking with your head held high, chin tucked, and toes pointed forward will prevent slouching. Plus, you will look fantastically confident. <10>

Diet and sunshine are also important for back health, well-balanced <11>foods build lean muscles that support the spine. Lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty <12>of water to keep the body hydrated are best choices for a daily regimen. While Vitamin D is found in many foods such as salmon and green leaf lettuce. The <13>sunshine is a body’s best source. At least ten minutes of day <14>sunlight will strengthen bones and provide energy to the body’s systems, encouraging the body to stand straighter. <15>



The SAT Test is a standardized exam that is used by U.S. colleges in their admissions process. The SAT Test serves a similar function to the ACT in that both are used by colleges and universities as a factor in admissions.

The SAT exam was originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test when it was created in 1926, but is now known simply as the SAT. The College Board, a non-profit, creates and administers the SAT.

Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities. Other popular standardized tests used for college admissions include the GRE and GMAT.

The SAT Test is meant to measure a high school student’s readiness for college. The SAT Test consists of multiple choice questions in the areas of: English, mathematics, and reading. There is also an optional essay.

Our free SAT practice tests are an ideal way to prepare for the SAT. For more serious preparation, see our review of best SAT prep courses. Many students who take the SAT also choose to take the ACT. Our ACT practice tests can help improve your scores on the ACT.

SAT Test Overview

The structure of the SAT is detailed below:

SAT Mathematics

The SAT math section is divided into 2 sections: Math (no calculator) and Math (calculator). The total SAT math section is 58 questions and students are given 80 minutes.

SAT Reading

The SAT reading section presents reading passages and multiple choice questions. The passages come from three main areas: science, history, and social studies. There are 52 questions and students are given 65 minutes.

SAT Writing and Language Test

Students are given 35 minutes to answer 44 questions on the writing and language test. All of the questions are based on reading passages with accompanying charts, tables, and graphs.


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