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.
Read the entire assignment. It's all there to help you. Every essay assignment contains a short paragraph about the issue.
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.
Less is more
Develop your point of view with one or two thoughtful, well-developed examples versus multiple oversimplified 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.
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.
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.