I know, I know.....it's been a little while since I've last posted a blog, and I normally tend to talk about financial aid and how to get as much financial aid as possible, but today I've got a special guest contributor to write about the SAT writing section, especially since school is getting even tougher to get into these days. In fact, UCSD had an average SAT score of admitted freshman of 1940.....or almost 400 points over the national average. And it's not even the toughest University of California school to get into; Berkeley and UCLA hold that honor.
Anyway, I thought you would really enjoy this article by Jason Moreno, the founder of Eureka Review, on how to ace the writing section of the SAT. You can find them online at www.eurekareview.com.
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Here's the article:
How to Ace the SAT Writing Exam
by Jason Moreno, CEO Eureka Review
Follow these tips to secure a good score on the new SAT writing section.
You should immediately take a definitive stand, either agreeing or disagreeing with the prompt. (Your personal feeling about the prompt is irrelevant. Instead, decide which side of the argument could produce a better essay.) To score well, you must cite literature and history to back up your stance. This is the single most important part of writing the essay. You should briefly describe two examples that support your position, and be ready to discuss them in the next paragraph.
In the second paragraph, discuss in great detail the literary work that backs up your point of view. Address the title, author, main character and how the plot relates to the prompt.
In this paragraph, describe the historical event that supports your position. Be as descriptive as possible and include names, dates and how the event proves the prompt correct or incorrect.
Your conclusion should be a short paragraph (one to two sentences) that restates your opinion.