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Category: SAT Essay Section

Chris Lele

How to Improve at New SAT Writing

Improving on the SAT writing requires an understanding of not only grammar basics but also question types and answer choice traps.

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Guest Author

The 2016 SAT Update Ditched the Mandatory Essay… Why?

By Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Petersons & EssayEdge There have been a number of changes in testing since a group of American universities formed the College Entrance Examination Board, which cooked up the first standardized exam in 1901. On the original test, several of the questions involved Advanced Latin Composition and translating Cicero. In […]

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Tanya Shah

Think Outside the Box: Examples in Your SAT Essay

Why not dip into some entirely different categories? Come up with a few of these for your Idea Bank; you don’t need to conduct extensive research. Just know what it is and know the key details.

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Tanya Shah

SAT Essay: The Case For The Conclusion

Jumping to a winning conclusion. Quick Note: Build a Foundation First An effective conclusion is based on an already-solid essay with a good thesis. Work first on mastering the basics, and then build up to the conclusion. Your score will reflect the difference. __________________________________________________________________________ The SAT Essay: Most test-takers are intimidated by it. This is […]

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How to Make Your Essay Not Boring

Bored by your own college essay? Here are some tips that will liven it up, from Ethan Sawyer, aka the College Essay Guy! Here are three tips to help you avoid writing an essay that’s, for lack of a better word, boring:   1. Make sure the connections your essay makes are non-obvious and specific. […]

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Cassidy Mayeda

Your SAT Essay Theme Guide: A 10 Post Series

Have you ever read an essay prompt, paused in a moment of soul-aching panic, and realized you have absolutely no idea how to answer it? Or perhaps you’ve never had trouble knowing how to answer the deep philosophic prompts they expect a 17 year old to answer, but you’ve never exactly had “of literary merit” […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Writing – The Conclusion

How to Write the New SAT Essay Conclusion   This post has been updated for the New SAT that premiered in March 2016 by Magoosh test prep expert David Recine. So all the material is current for the redesigned SAT!   You can breathe a sigh of relief—the conclusion is the least important part of […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – Common Misconceptions

1. Do not use “I” Let me say it loud and clear: it is okay to use “I” in your essay. So what’s with the big hullabaloo over “I”? Well, at some point you had a well-meaning English teacher who, with stern brow, wrote in all caps on the board that you should never use […]

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Chris Lele

How to Write the SAT Essay

On the new SAT essay, you have 50 minutes to read a passage and write an essay on it. Here’s what to look for and how to write the essay to get a good score.

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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – The Conclusion

You can breathe a sigh of relief—the conclusion is the least important part of your SAT essay. You are merely recapping what you already said. In other words, you don’t want to say anything you haven’t already said in your essay. Can it really be that simple? Yes and no. Yes, if you are running […]

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