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

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