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|The Writing Section: The Essay
|The essay on the new SAT is always the first section. There are
a few simple strategies you can follow to make the task easier.
1. Write about the topic. SAT TIP: Off-topic essays receive a zero!
2. Read the prompt two or three times.
3. In the margin by the prompt, take three or four minutes
to jot words that represent your ideas about the topic:
a. from school
b. from reading
c. from extracurricular activities
d. from personal experiences
e. from current events
4. Take a point of view and write a thesis statement.
5. Write a four or five paragraph essay:
a. introduction and thesis statement
b. topic sentence with supporting details
c. topic sentence with supporting details
d. summary and conclusion
6. Handwriting is not scored, but you need to write legibly.
7. Vary your sentence structure. SAT TIP: Spelling is not scored!
SAT TIP: Now, take a deep breath and put the essay behind you!
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| Most people think the writing section score is based only on the essay, but
most of the score is based on finding usage and sentence structure errors.
|SAT TIP: The essay counts only
30% of the writing score.
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