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What are some tips for writing a high-scoring essay for the SAT?

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Jessica Gardner | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM via web

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What are some tips for writing a high-scoring essay for the SAT?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM (Answer #1)

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When writing the SAT test, it's important to remember that graders are using rubrics, checklists of essential components. Your job is not to be creative (a high-risk strategy) but to show graders that you have fulfilled the criteria on the rubrics.

First, read the question carefully, and take a clear stance. Write a brief outline of the main points you will use to support your stance. Write the body of the essay covering the main points, and then go back to write the introduction and conclusion. Make sure that the introduction clearly shows how you will respond to the main issues in the prompt and that the conclusion shows how the points in the body of the essay prove the claim you made in the introduction.

Watch the time, so that you have at least 3-5 minutes to proofread after you finish writing. Grammar and spelling do count.

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anzheng | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 16, 2014 at 7:27 AM (Answer #2)

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When given the essay prompt, it doesn't matter what side you decide to choose to argue, but it is how you respond that is critical. You need a hook and intro, and a body paragraph with about two examples to support your thesis. These could be drawn from history, books, past experiences, etc. But it MUST support your thesis. Then end it with a good conclusion summing up what you talked about. Make sure your writing matches the topic, and your examples support your thesis.

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