SAT essay tips

Published December 1, 2012 by flyingren

Three helpful points to transform your SAT essay from good to great

  1. Read the entire prompt carefully

At the beginning of every SAT essay, there is a written prompt. Read the prompt carefully because it gives you ideas about an issue. The purpose of the prompt is to help you understand the question. Use the prompt to help you rephrase the question and to take a clear position on the issue. The prompt is useful when you can’t think of what to say because you can use some of the ideas and phrases in your essay. The prompt often shows two sides of the issue and you can use this to come up with examples to support your position.


  1. Argue the topic from more than one side

If you feel confident in writing about the topic and you can see it clearly from both sides, then write an essay that takes a strong position but shows that you’ve considered both sides of the argument. For instance, you can argue that “dreaming for big goals is good because it makes you work hard but don’t let it discourage you if you don’t succeed right away.” You can take a strong position by saying that dreaming big is good but you also acknowledge the risks and the drawbacks of it. If you are not confident in the topic, just think of two examples that directly support your position. If you decide to use this strategy, make sure your position is clear and don’t take more than one position on the main question.

  1. Give specific examples

You should think about your example first before you start writing. Think of the best examples to support your idea. Use examples from your own experiences, books, new, history or anywhere else. You can even make it up if you have to. Use details to illustrate your examples and bring them to life. It may help to think about examples like you are telling a story and make sure they are easy to understand. Remember to connect your examples to the topic issue. When using the examples, try not to repeat yourself. Do not repeat what is in the introduction. Use a transition phrases between paragraphs, such as “In addition,” “Therefore,” “Another key reason,” “ A different news report,” “From a different angle,” “In reality,” etc.



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