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15 Tips About Writing An Effective SAT/ACT Essay

Posted by Suniti Mathur on Mon, Nov 10, 2014

One of our TestRocker students recently asked me for a list of 15 points to keep in mind while attempting the Essay section on the SAT/ACT. I thought it was worth sharing!

  1. Begin your introduction with short, firm sentences.keep-calm-and-write-your-essay
  2. State your 'stance' or thesis firmly and clearly.
  3. In the introduction, mention the 2-3 supports you will use in the essay to support your thoughts. 
  4. Make good transitions or 'links' to open each paragraph. 
  5. Tackle 1 support at a time in each paragraph. 
  6. Build your thoughts up with each sentence. Each sentence should add on to your thoughts. Do not repeat, put forth new information.
  7. At the end of each paragraph, write a 'mini' conclusion to connect to the topic and why your support proves your point of view. 
  8. Link well onto the second support. 
  9. Keep focus on the issue. Don’t go off topic. 
  10. Take a quick look at the assignment as a reminder to stay on topic, and to ensure you are answering what the prompt is asking you. 
  11. Take a few phrases and vocabulary words from the prompt, but don’t reproduce verbatim! 
  12. Don’t make 'politically incorrect’ statements.
  13. Write a powerful conclusion. Keep it simple but make firm assertions. 
  14. Keep an eye on time. 
  15. Use good and clear hand-writing! 

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Tips on How to Master the Essay Section

How to Become a Great Test Taker

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