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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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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – Scoring

Instead of telling you what constitutes a “6” or a “5”, or even a “0”, I am going to provide a nifty link to a document the College Board has prepared. If you go to the 6th page of the doc, you’ll find a nice description for each score. This resource just provides a description, […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – Common Questions

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 […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Essay – The Intro

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 […]

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Lucas Fink

Should the SAT Essay Be Five Paragraphs?

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 […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Essay Scores

Update: This post has been updated for the redesigned New SAT, which premiered in March 2016 and has an entirely new (and entirely optional) essay, by David Recine. Here’s what you need to know!   Only want the facts? Here’s the short answer: Your New SAT essay will be scored by two professional, human, essay […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Essay Body Paragraph Structure

The body of your SAT essay is where the bulk of your argument will lie (and remember that you are making an argument), and it’s probably the piece that students are most comfortable with. Even if your nerves are fried from SAT anxiety, once you’re halfway through the essay, it’s a bit easier to think […]

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