We bet you feel uncomfortable about those 50 minutes given to you to write a SAT essay, especially now when it has become an analysis of someone else’s passage. However, it is not as scary as it seems, if you are well-prepared and trained. In this article, we give you a way to get prepared for a SAT essay. Take into account that SAT essay is now optional, so better check with the college you are planning to join, if you need to write it at all.
The College Board evaluates three skills of yours:
What follows are the tips that will help you build a structured analysis of a given argument both quickly and effectively.
What’s crucial for the graders is to see that you have understood the main idea of the argument. You can express it in your words, stick to a central claim and don’t let it go till the end of your essay. The good news is that the SAT tells you this main idea, so you don’t even have to look for it. The only thing you have to do is to find in which exact way the author proves his point. It can be jokes, metaphorical language, emotional writing, etc. Your arguments should be coherent so that the reader can understand all the points you have made.
There is no way to get a high grade without writing an introduction and a conclusion. First of all come up with something catchy to get their attention and explain what you think about the subject. Next, tell them what structure your piece will have. If you write an excellent introduction – you have got a half of success right in your pocket. If you are not sure what would your essay look like – skip around 8 lines and start writing the body of the text. Come back later and build the introduction around the main part.After you have composed the introduction and the body, think of a fine way to summarize everything written above in conclusion.
No doubt that the formal language style is much more appropriate for the SAT essay, than an informal one. It is not like a conversation with your classmates – it is more of a preparation for a “grown-up life” and a serious reasoning practices. That is why “kinda,” “really,” “super,” are usually not acceptable for the essay.
One more thing, there is no need to use same words throughout the essay – find synonyms, build a sentence in another way, just look for it in your head.
Above all, don’t let stress knock you down, invest your time, work hard and avoid thinking you can’t do it. With a proper preparation there is nothing to be scared of at SAT – just train yourself, ask your mates to study together and be ready to do well at the end. Yes, it does depend on you, our nature doesn’t rule us. Good luck!