SAT Writing Section Tips

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Take advantage of explanations

Look at the explanations for each correct answer when you use practice materials. Even if you got the question right, you may learn something from the explanation.

Look at the explanations. You may learn something.

Looking good

Read the entire assignment. It's all there to help you. Every essay assignment contains a short paragraph about the issue.

Read the entire assignment.

Develop your own point of view

Imagine that you are talking to the author of the assignment paragraph about the issue. Would you argue with him or her, or agree? What other ideas or examples would you bring up? Answering these questions will help you develop your own point of view.

Imagine asking the author questions.

Less is more

Develop your point of view with one or two thoughtful, well-developed examples versus multiple oversimplified examples.

Develop your point of view with one or two well-developed examples.

It's ok to be you

There's nothing wrong with "I." You are asked to develop your point of view on the issue, not give a straight report of the facts. This is your opinion, so feel free to give examples that are meaningful to you, even ones from your personal life or experiences.

It's your point of view. Give examples that are meaningful to you.

Formula for success

There are no shortcuts to success on the SAT essay. You will not receive high scores on your essay just because it is long, or has five paragraphs, or uses literary examples.

There are no shortcuts to success on the SAT essay.

Process of elimination

Eliminate the choices you are sure are wrong when you are not sure of the answer. Make an educated guess from those that remain.

Eliminate the choices you are sure are wrong.