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Avoid Passive Voice

The difference between active and passive voice isn’t tested directly on the SAT or ACT, but it is worth knowing the difference since answers that contain passive voice are often incorrect due to wordiness. So it pays to know what makes passive voice “wrong,” how to identify it, and how to pick choices that are concise yet meaningful.

Here’s a question from the New SAT – try it before watching the video below, even if you’re taking the SAT.

passive-voice-q

Robert Schombs

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!

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