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Ch 11: SAT Writing: Essay Writing Skills

About This Chapter

Prepare for the writing portion of your SAT with the assistance of these learning materials. Short video lessons, followed by quizzes for self-reflection, will help you review for test day.

SAT Writing: Essay Writing Skills

These essay production lessons will help you understand and practice effective writing skills. Review these crucial elements with us:

  • Audience appeal: logos, pathos, ethos and refuting opposing views
  • Structure and solid arguments
  • Logical fallacies and faulty comparisons
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Transitions
  • Style, point-of-view and tone
  • Strong sentence structures
  • Sentence clarity

Your review will include ample practice in using rhetorical skills to write better essays. Once you've watched the short, video lessons and completed the quick quizzes, you'll be on your way to excelling in the writing portion of your SAT.

SAT Writing Objectives

The Writing and Language section of your SAT includes 44 multiple-choice questions concerned with improving sentences, identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs. Your competence in the following is tested:

  • Improving writing with revision and editing
  • Communicating concise ideas
  • Recognizing sentence-level errors
  • Understanding elements of grammar
  • Recognizing correct grammatical structures
  • Expressing ideas clearly with transitions
  • Improving cohesiveness of ideas within and between paragraphs

In addition to completing the multiple-choice portion, you'll have 50 minutes to write an optional essay on an assigned topic. Your writing should reflect these abilities:

  • Develop a point-of-view related to a presented topic
  • Support your point-of-view with reasoning and examples
  • Use standard written English conventions

Our lessons will help your prepare for both the multiple-choice and written parts of your test. You'll review how to write well and what makes effective writing.

On the SAT, you earn one point for correct multiple-choice answers. Incorrect answers are not penalized. Unanswered questions don't count against you. Two reviewers will separately read and score your writing piece. Your final essay score is from 2 to 8 in three separate dimensions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: SAT Writing: Essay Writing Skills
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

2. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

Writing for Your Audience

3. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

4. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

5. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Commonly Confused Words in English

6. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

7. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

8. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

Conciseness in Writing: Definition & Meaning

9. Conciseness in Writing: Definition & Meaning

This lesson studies the quality of conciseness in polished, professional writing, and offers examples of both proper conciseness and poor conciseness. This lesson explains how to improve conciseness while revising an early draft.

How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

10. How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

The overuse of words is a very problematic issue in any form of writing. But how do you actually cut down on wordiness? This lesson gives tips on how to identify and reduce wordiness.

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