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Category: SAT Essay Section

Chris Lele

Your Knockout SAT Essay

The phrase “knock yourself out” definitely applies to the SAT essay. Those plucky, indefatigable types will write essay after essay. And there’s no shortage—the College Board releases four essay prompts after each test. Over the course of years, you have well over a hundred prompts to choose from. The point of this post is not […]

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Margarette Jung

An SAT Essay Grader’s Perspective

An essay-grader previously employed by College Board is currently doing a Reddit IAMA (I am a….), where he answers any and all questions about his experience: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/qt5xw/by_request_i_was_an_sat_essay_scorer_ama/ An interesting read, if you’re interested in what sort of method they use to grade and interesting trends they see across essays! One of my favorite insights:

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Chris Lele

The SAT Essay Approach – Summary vs. Analysis

The SAT essay tests your ability to write persuasively in a short amount of time. Many students seem to forget the persuasive part; they launch into an example and begin summarizing feverishly. Napoleon attacking Russia in winter becomes more protracted than the struggle itself. By the end of the paragraph, all we know is that […]

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