The Essay
Conclusion
You’ve learned quite a bit in reading this book. You now know:
  • The structure and purpose of the SAT essay.
  • How essay-readers are selected and trained.
  • The scoring rubric, and how to use it to your advantage.
  • How to construct a well-supported argument.
  • Which language errors to avoid.
  • Which features of language essay-readers will reward.
  • A step method that provides a way to break up the writing process efficiently.
It’s now time to apply what you’ve learned to some sample essays. To that end, we provide you with some practice in the next section. First, you’ll be shown a sample essay prompt and six responses. You will score each response, according to your new knowledge of the scoring rubric and holistic scoring. Then, we’ll tell you the scores of each essay and explain how they were scored.
We’ll then provide you with several prompts you can use for practice. Since you’re now quite familiar with the scoring rubric and what is expected of you, you can score your own essays.
Scoring essays is a great way to practice. By effectively using the scoring rubric to grade your own writing, you’ll begin to think like an essay-reader. And the more you think like an essay-reader, the more likely you’ll produce a 6 essay.
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