Many students experience some anxiety when the time arrives to take the SATs. After all, the SATs are an important exam that many institutes of higher education consider during the admissions process. The essay can be especially difficult for students. However, proper preparation can lead students to success. A well written essay will grab the attention of graders and earn an excellent score.
SAT essays are graded by two different graders. Each grader has six points to distribute, which allows for a combined high score of twelve. Essay graders will be grading your papers content, organization, clarity and be looking to see that you followed directions as indicated in the prompt. Graders will be judging each of these specific areas but will also be focusing on your essay as a whole.
The first step in writing a solid SAT essay is to comprehend what the prompt is asking for. Make sure to fully understand the prompt before you begin writing and focus on the main idea. This will set the groundwork for a solid essay and allow you to begin writing a high scoring essay. Students often misunderstand the prompt because they did not read it carefully enough and then receive lower scores. Avoid this simple mistake by reading the prompt more than once.
Essays must include thesis statements. A solid thesis statement is the beginning of a successful essay. The thesis statement will answer the question that the prompt is asking and give the grader an idea of the direction of the essay. It can be helpful to include the some of the wording of the prompt in the thesis statement. The thesis statement will be included the introductory paragraph of your essay along with a basic summary of the main ideas that will be discussed throughout your essay.
The length of your essay should be at least four hundred words. Research completed by MIT indicated that students who wrote at least a four hundred word essay received higher scores about ninety percent of the time. The body of your essay should be composed of at least three to four strong paragraphs that support your thesis statement. Each paragraph should include an introductory and concluding sentence. In order to prove your ideas include academic examples from history or literature, while avoiding personal stories unless specifically asked. Essays with personal examples do not score as well as those with clear academic examples. The final paragraph of your essay needs to summarize and conclude the essay. Anecdotes or analogies, often found in conclusions of the highest scoring SAT essays, are wonderful way to end an essay.
Writing a well written essay that receives a high score on the SAT is entirely possible. Correctly following the prompt, avoiding vague ideas and writing at least four hundred words will put you on the right path towards achieving a perfect score. Try not to become too consumed with one specific guideline, but focus on the essay as a whole, and you will see positive results!
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