Honestly, the reading and writing part was the easiest for me. It’s also one of the hardest parts to prepare for (or for which to prepare if you’re really into grammar).
My First and Best Tip:
Read, Read, Read!
You should practice reading high level articles, books, and such to prepare yourself. I’d recommend reading from the following publications
- The New Yorker
- The Atlantic
- The New York Times (specially the Saturday Essays)
- Foreign Affairs
- The Council on Foreign Relations
- The Washington Post
- The Wall Street Journal
You should also challenge yourself by reading some fiction. Here are some books my English teacher recommended:
- Wuthering Heights – Bronte
- Invisible Man – Ellison
- Infinite Jest – DF Wallace (This one is a beast at over a thousand pages!)
- The House of Mirth – Wharton
- Another Country – Baldwin
- The Recognitions – Gaddis
- Americanah – Adichie
- A Gesture Life – Lee
- The Good Earth – Buck
You may also want to review the SAT vocabulary words especially if you feel that you don’t have a very robust vocabulary.
You may also want to review grammar rules. Here’s the link to the book my school recommended.
To improve your grammar, try talking like you write. Often, we talk in a modern vernacular, but when we write, we do so in a different academic writing style. By attempting to talk as if you’re writing an academic paper, you force yourself to pay close attention to your grammar. I tend do this to make sure I avoid run-on sentences when speaking.
Good luck and remember the College Board IS the devil.