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Tips on How to Master the SAT Essay

Posted by Sybil St. Hilaire on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

The SAT requires you to write your essay in 25 minutes. This can seem like a daunting task, and understandably so! Even in school, you normally have more than just a few minutes to read an essay prompt, plan your essay, and write it well. Here at TestRocker, we have helped thousands of students improve their essay score. Here are a few quick tips:

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1. Read the essay prompt and assignment carefully

As you read through the prompt, you should quickly jot down any ideas, phrases, or thoughts that come to mind. Underline key vocabulary words and ideas you can use from the prompt – but do not plagiarize.

Once you have read through the essay prompt, take a stance or position. If you’re not sure which position to take, it might make sense to go with the position where you can think of more supports for your point of view. Taking a stance from the beginning allows you to structure your essay from that angle.

2. Plan your essay

Once you have read through both the assignment and the prompt, review your notes and then create an outline for your essay. Jot down the key ideas you hope to convey in your introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Be sure that your body paragraphs support your introduction and chosen point of view. 

3. Write your essay

Once you have your essay planned, write quickly and legibly. Make sure you remained focus on answering what is asked in the assignment. Don’t get sidetracked into writing about tangential topics.. You can choose to budget time at the end of this section to edit your essay, or edit as you go along. As you edit, keep an eye for spelling, grammar, and incorrect sentences. Avoid redundancy; your aim is to write an essay that is powerful and engaging.

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