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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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Other chapters within the SAT Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- SAT: About the Test
- SAT Writing: About the Writing Section
- SAT Writing: Text & Argument Analysis
- SAT Writing: Word Choice & Expression
- SAT Writing: Standard English Grammar
- SAT Writing: Writing & Language Test Practice
- SAT Writing: The Essay Portion
- SAT Writing: Planning and Writing Your Essay
- SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay
- SAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure
- SAT Writing: How to Write An Argument
- SAT Writing: Supporting Your Writing
- SAT Writing: Revising Your Writing
- SAT Reading: About the Reading Section
- SAT Reading: Reading Passages
- SAT Reading: Understanding Reading Passages
- SAT Reading: Interpreting & Analyzing Text
- SAT Reading: Literary Terms
- SAT Reading: US Documents & Speeches
- SAT Vocabulary Practice
- SAT Math: About the Math Section
- SAT Math: Numbers and Operations
- SAT Math: Exponents
- SAT Math: Equations and Expressions
- SAT Math: Rational Equations and Expressions
- SAT Math: Inequalities
- SAT Math: Functions
- SAT Math: Quadratic Equations
- SAT Math: Ratios, Rates & Proportional Relationships
- SAT Math: Unit Rate & Measurement Conversions
- SAT Math: Geometry and Measurement
- SAT Math: Triangles & Trigonometric Ratios
- SAT Math: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
- SAT Prep Flashcards
- SAT Flashcards