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Category: SAT Essay Section

Lucas Fink

SAT Essay Intro Paragraph Structure

This post has been updated with current, accurate content for the new SAT that premiered in March 2016 by Magoosh test prep expert David Recine!     You know how much first impressions count for? The people who read and grade your SAT essay (there will be 2 of them) are going to see a […]

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Lucas Fink

The Most Common SAT Essay Mistakes

In a way, the SAT essay grade is the easiest thing to improve in your SAT score. Well, some jumps are easier than others. It’s more common to jump from a 4 to an 8 (out of 12) than it is to jump from an 8 to a 12. That’s because a lot of the […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Write a Graceful SAT Essay

Having good examples is a great way to strengthen your SAT essay, and it’s actually necessary for a high score. After all, the prompt specifically asks you for examples. But once students realize that fact, they often lose sight of an equally important part of the essay—putting those examples into context.   Structuring your SAT Essay […]

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Lucas Fink

The Format of the SAT Essay Prompt

The first section on your SAT is going to be the dreaded essay. So after all of your various pre-test prep (including standing in a bathroom stall with your arms in the air), the first thing you’re going to see on your SAT is exactly what we’re going over here. Although memorizing the structure of […]

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Lucas Fink

Is Handwriting Important for the SAT Essay?

The SAT is not a calligraphy test, clearly. So if you’re reading this at all, I’ll assume that you don’t have the neatest handwriting in the world, and you’re concerned it might affect your score. Officially, the answer to the question is no—the SAT does not reward or punish students based off their handwriting. Again, […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Essay: Writing Your Essay “Based on a True Story”

Take a look at the last sentence of the prompt on every SAT essay section. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations. You can see in that sentence the four basic types of SAT essay examples: literary, historical, personal, and general. The first two types of examples […]

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Lucas Fink

Irrelevant SAT Essay Thesis Sentences

In the set of thesis sentence examples below, there’s one that’s doesn’t actually answer the question. Can you spot it?   SAT essay prompt: Is financial wealth necessary for happiness? Thesis #1: Anybody who lives in poverty can confirm that without money, we can’t lead the lives we want to. Thesis #2: While many say that […]

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Lucas Fink

An SAT Essay Formula?

No matter what you’ve been told, the SAT essay doesn’t test how good of a writer you are. There’s no way it can, especially in the form it takes. Outside of the SAT, you’ll only find yourself in a situation like this when taking other standardized tests. The essays you’ve written in high school and […]

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Lucas Fink

Why You Should Plan for the SAT Essay

There are three different types of SAT essay writers: The first starts writing immediately after reading the prompt. The second watches the clock, twirls a pen, and gnaws the insides of their cheeks until they’re confident enough to start writing. But the third, our role model, does something glaringly obvious but regrettably rare—they plan. But […]

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Chris Lele

How to Use SAT Essay Prompts from College Board

For those SAT high achievers there are a limited number of College Board tests. Once you’ve gone through the blue book, you are forced to use questions from other publishers, and no one can write questions quite the way College Board does. However, there is one section in which you are in luck: the essay […]

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