The SAT Essay is the last section to be attempted on the SAT. By this time, you have already brainstormed for over 3 hours. So, writing an essay sometimes does not leave you with the energy or freshness you had at the beginning of the test. However, this is what you have been working for throughout your preparation phase. So, give it your best shot.
The SAT essay compromises a passage of 650-750 words, and you have 50 minutes to accomplish the task of reading the passage and writing the essay. Scoring on the SAT essay is based on three parameters, namely Reading, Analyzing, and Writing (RAW), on a range of 0-8 on all the three parameters. So, one should be exemplary on all the three aspects if one needs to achieve a perfect score on the SAT essay.
SAT essay approach is very different from the essays one writes during his school days for English class. To be able to understand the central idea without getting distracted by your emotions is the key to writing an effective SAT essay. You are not supposed to give your point of view but rather analyze the author’s point of view and how he makes it convincing enough for his audience to believe him. The approach to the essay should be standardized, which raises your essay level from adequate to outstanding. Spend the initial 5-10 minutes to read the passage. While reading the passage, you should make it a practice to highlight key points and also take notes by organizing them into an essay outline. Utilize the next 5-10 minutes for analyzing and planning. The range of time is different for different people. Some may have the forte in reading fast but maybe slow in analyzing while for others, it maybe the other way round. Spend the next 25-35 minutes entirely to write your essay. The above approach to highlight key points and taking notes and organizing them into an essay outline saves you a lot of time during the period when you are writing your essay. One does not need to refer to the passage repeatedly, and one can write with the main focus only on writing. Finally, spend the last 3-5 minutes on revising the essay. This timing combination can only be mastered through practice. One key point is that you must write at least two pages as the best scoring essay are not less than two pages long. So, the length of your article does matter in advancing towards a perfect score. The essay should be extremely clear, along with being consistent, smooth, and easy to read. It should not be repetitive in content or language with very few errors (if any).
The essay section can be perfected by following a precise plan. The first thing essay graders look for in essay writing is a clear structure. The essay should have an Introduction and a Conclusion. In between the introduction and the conclusion, one should have at least 2-3 paragraphs, which are sufficiently detailed using the shreds of evidence from the text to support the writer’s thesis fully, helping to demonstrate that you understand the passage and the author’s claims.
For the introduction, one should be able to identify the precise central claim of the text, though the SAT gives you the leverage by providing the same. The introduction lays the foundation for the rest of the essay you will be writing. It also introduces the reader to what you will be talking about for the rest of the article. The introduction is the first impression and a good indicator of the quality of the rest of the essay. A good introduction dramatically improves your writing score on the essay.
After the introduction, one jumps to writing 2-3 evidence paragraphs for the author’s claim. One should focus on the most relevant points as there might be many available in the passage. Here the quality takes big precedence over the quantity. Always remember that the passage is your universe, and no outside or personal knowledge should be used. The facts must be accurate, and the interpretation has to be convincing as there is no single correct answer. You should make a solid case for your interpretation using facts and quotes from the passage. As mentioned above, the evidence paragraphs should be sufficiently detailed using evidence from the text to support the author’s views fully. Try specifying the statistical facts if the passage contains the same. Also, look out for Counter-arguments or counterclaims, which goes on to show that the author knows the topic well enough to see it from multiple perspectives, making the reader trust in the author’s claim more convincing. Sometimes the author uses emotional support to draw you to believe his claim. These things will help you in writing 2-3 evidence paragraphs supporting the author’s thesis.
The conclusion should be a precise one as you don’t want to say anything new because you have already written everything in the essay so far. However, a polished conclusion does stand a great chance in improving your essay score as it will be the last thing that the grader will be reading on your essay before finally giving you scores. You can reintroduce the topic, reword the thesis, and end with a parting thought.
The revision section should be utilized efficiently as even giving 5 minutes to revision can help you in many ways. Correct the trivial errors or spelling mistakes as you go through your essay. Try replacing common words with more advanced vocabulary words wherever possible as they do help you a lot in raising your essay scores.
If you follow the above points, you stand a great chance to ace the SAT essay with a perfect score. Even if one doesn’t achieve a perfect score, it is guaranteed to give a dramatic increase in your essay scores for sure.
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