Ch 8: SAT Writing: Planning and Writing Your Essay

About This Chapter

Learn how to develop a strong essay for the optional SAT essay. Video lessons explain every step from brainstorming to revision, and quizzes help reinforce key strategies.

SAT Writing: Planning and Writing Your Essay - Chapter Summary

Prepare for the SAT Writing test with tips for quickly writing an effective essay. These videos walk you through the process of deciding what to write, presenting your ideas logically, and editing your essay to improve it. You'll get our suggestions about:

  • Brainstorming essay ideas
  • Staying focused on the essay prompt
  • Outlining an essay
  • Working under a timed deadline
  • Revising to clarify main points
  • Proofreading your essay
  • Practicing essay writing independently

The included quizzes help you test your memory of our strategy concepts. To maximize your skills, practice writing essays on your own. If part of the writing process was difficult for you, re-watch the corresponding video and try again with a new prompt.

SAT Writing: Essay Objectives

The optional essay portion of the SAT is 50 minutes long. During this time, you should produce an essay that:

  • Considers an issue provided in a written passage
  • Explains your own opinion about that issue, whether you agree or disagree with the passage
  • Supports your opinion with one or more examples
  • Develops your example(s) thoroughly
  • Uses logical and clear arguments
  • Demonstrates strong command of writing conventions

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: SAT Writing: Planning and Writing Your Essay
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Brainstorming?

1. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

How to Write an Outline

3. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

4. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

5. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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