Improving on the SAT writing requires an understanding of not only grammar basics but also question types and answer choice traps.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Can I “lie” on the SAT essay? This is pretty controversial question. After all, how could a test—let alone one of the most well-known tests in the world—possibly advocate such a practice? So let’s back up a second and talk about what I mean by “lie”. A lie can be as small as a slight […]
The intro is quite possibly the most difficult paragraph of your essay to write. Though once you’ve learned how to structure the intro, it can be, along with the conclusion, the easiest to write. So how exactly does one go about structuring the intro? Here is a quick recipe: Sentence 1: Introduce the topic Sentence […]
How do you feel about five paragraph essays? Personally, I can’t stand ‘em. They’re like oatmeal—yeah, it gets the job done, but it’s pretty bland and grey. I’d much rather have something else for breakfast… something meatier or more colorful. So you might be surprised then, that I recommend using the standard five paragraph format […]