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SAT Essay Writing

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Michael Schuster

on 21 June 2013

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Transcript of SAT Essay Writing

SAT Essay Writing
Five Things Readers are Looking For While Grading Your Essay

When writing for the SAT keep this in mind:
Do not use (I think, I believe) statements
Do not use contractions
Prepare source summaries
Write with neat and clear handwriting
Indent paragraphs
Read the question carefully
Stay focused / no rambling
Thesis Statement / Point of View
Reasoning
Support
Organization
Effective Use of Language

Grammar, Big Words, Number of Paragraphs
Thesis Statement
Reasoning

Support

Organization

Effective Use of Language
Thoughtful and interesting position
Answer the question presented
Maintain a consistent point of view
Explain reason for thesis
Acknowledge and address possible objections to your thesis
Specific
Examples to support thesis
Explain how these examples support your thesis
Every paragraph relate to the thesis
Logical transitions
Conclusion provide thoughtful commentary rather than repetition of thesis
Effective and appropriate vocabulary
Vary sentence length and structure
Use metaphors, parallelism, and other rhetorical devices
Use strong verbs
Avoid cliches
You are writing to persuade not to entertain
Your primary objective is to explain and support your point of view
Use
specific
examples, and not hypothetical
Structure
Opening
Thesis
Body
Support
Closing
Wrap it up
Taking the Test
Set aside some time (no more than 10 minutes) in the beginning to prepare and outline to organize your thoughts and brainstorm.


Final Thoughts
Outline
Good outlines do not include a lot of detail
Simplified map of essay format
Allows the writer to make sure the ideas are not redundant, connect smoothly, and move forward
Connecting ideas logically:
For example
Therefore
Because
Furthermore
However
Although
Writing the essay
Use natural language
Strong verbs - drive the sentence
Try to minimize use of the verb "to be"
Use active verbs when possible rather than passive: (The boy kicked the ball / The ball was kicked by the boy)
Minimize jargon, wordiness, and cliches
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