The New ABCs of the SAT
The New SAT- Changes
SAT Format & Scoring
Tips & Tricks
Practice Makes Perfect
Common Grammar Errors
Things to Do:
(5 minutes) Step 1: Read the whole passage, marking it up. Look for:
Evidence- What evidence is the author using? How does the evidence support her claim?
Reasoning- What connects the author's claim to the evidence? Does she expect you to make connection between her claim and the evidence, or is the author's reasoning clear and explicit?
Persuasion- How does the author make his/her argument persuasive?
Goals- What is the author trying to do?
(5-10 minutes) Step 2: Plan your essay by making an outline. (5-10 minutes).
Your thesis statement should answer the question, "How is the author creating and supporting his/her argument?".
(30 minutes) Step 3: Write your essay.
Things Not to Do:
Don't use subjective words like: good, well, nicely, bad, poorly
Don't ask what. Instead ask
. Your essay should
focus on how the author makes his arguments,
not why he does.
Don't be too general.
Be specific, direct and clear
in your writing. Be specific in your examples and your claims.
Practice Essay Questions:
College Board- SAT Essay Samples
New SAT Essay Sample
Ivy Global Sample Essay
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