Essay writing demands inspiration
Yes, you will only have 25 minutes to put together an expert essay. No, you will not be aware of the topic, which will be provided as a “random prompt”. You are probably thinking that that is not nearly enough time to compose a piece, nor is it fair that you don't get to prepare research or reading on the essay topic.
They don't call them tests for nothing! And you will be challenged, that's for sure. But there are strategies that you can use to write a killer essay, slay the SAT dragon, and walk away with a great grade. Here we go...
The basic essay structure that you have used since grade school is still relevant. You will naturally need an introductory paragraph, supporting body paragraphs, and a strong conclusion. No matter what your topic, have an outline pictured in your mind long before you walk into the room to take the test.
Before you begin, take a deep breath and decide your position or thesis for the essay. Jot down the main points you will be making in each of your body paragraphs. Remember one, two, three! Introduction, supporting/body paragraphs, and conclusion. It is the framework that will make your essay a success, regardless of the subject you are assigned.
Sometimes quantity outscores quality, and this is one case where it is true. The graders for you SAT essay will want to see that you have provided the minimum length requirements for your composition (usually 45 lines).
Leave no doubt in the readers mind as to where you stand on the essay topic. Be convincing, and use language that reflects the depth of your belief in the paper's thesis. Avoid flowery language, but try and sound authoritative and knowledgeable when you write. A strong introduction and conclusion will help you as well.
You will obviously not have time to do any research to find evidence to support your argument! Instead, draw on your own life experiences, previous course work, or books that you have read to find examples that prove your point. Include these in your body paragraphs.
It is worth noting that the company who administers the SAT tests (ETS) strives to grade the essay “holistically”. This, they say, means that the graders are more interested in the overall impression that your essay makes. Stick to a well-structured essay that demonstrates you are comfortable using conventional standard English writing format. You'll be just fine!
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