Writing The SAT Essay
The essay writing portion of a standardized test assesses students’ abilities to develop ideas and express them effectively. The 25 minute time limit creates pressure to manage time wisely during the SAT essay. During this time, students should aim to write a five paragraph essay. The best way to improve SAT essay writing skills is to evaluate sample essays and to practice writing essays for various prompts. It is also important to know what the testers are looking for and how you can provide it. Testers spend about 45 seconds on each SAT essay, quickly detecting keywords, a coherent idea, and a few “million dollar words” carefully placed, before moving on. If you grab them in the beginning, hold on to them in the body, and provide a strong sense of closure, you might keep the tester interested for longer, maybe for even a whole minute!
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