By: The Kitty Kats. SAT essay section. About the SAT essay. You will have 25 minutes to plan and write an essay. The essay prompt is always based on one or two quotations from literature or scholarly writing . About the SAT essay.
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Essays are scored by experienced high school teachers and college faculty, not computers. Keep in mind that the scorers are professionals. They are not easily impressed, but they will appreciate your logical thinking and clear handwriting. Essays are scored on a scale of 1 to 6 (6 is highest) be 2 scorers. Their combined scores will yield a final score anywhere from 2 to 12
Other prompts include a short paragraph instead of quotations. The prompt restates an idea from the original text
Both types of prompts will give you the source of ideas for your essay. This source of information comes in handy because it gives your ideas, and after it is read it gets you thinking and helps you make connections for your writing piece.
There is a difference between the quotes and the topic. It is that the quotes or the little excerpt that you read in the beginning of the paper is simply for reference, and to help you think of ideas. The actual topic or directions usually follows the excerpt, and it tells you simply what to do.
Normally essays that are persuasive contain three main points or ideas. For the SAT, to receive a good score, it is better to only have one main point that you focus on. This is so your position isn’t vague, and you are firm and no questionable on your position.
Write your point down next to the topic so you can look back and make sure you remember your reason, and stay on topic.
Underneath your reason you can write specific details you would want to cover in that specific paragraph but remember don’t take too long to do this part because you only have 25 min to plan AND write.
Essays that do not address the topic receive a score of zero. So stick to the subject! Another way you can earn a zero is if you don’t pick a side. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PICK ONE SIDE! A final way you can receive a zero is if you don’t write anything.
If two scorers do not agree on two scores, for example, one scores a six and another scores a four. A third reader must read it, and then they average out the three scores. For example, the third reader scores a five. The score is now 15, and then it is averaged out so the final score the essay will receive is a five.