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09/04/2019

how to write SAT essays?

QUESTION
how to write SAT essays?
whenever i write essays, i tend to take another route of what the prompt is asking and answer the prompt indirectly, for example: prompt asking “When some people win, must others lose, or are there situations in which everyone wins?”
basically what i would say is that depends on what your view of success is. and answer the prompt that way, is that a good thing or bad thing?

and another thing is i tend to use reasoning rather than examples from books/experience/etc, is that a good thing or bad thing?

ANSWER
I think for SAT essays, what they want to see is people using specific examples and have a specific argument. I don’t think reasoning is a good way to approach your answer because usually it sounds very hypothetical and general. SAT readers don’t like that. If you can use some literature, history, or something along those lines, you’re demonstrating the background knowledge you have and showing you can connect the prompt to that.

As for that question, I would say that if your thesis is “Some people win or lose depending on their views of success,” you’d have to be very specific in your examples. Like what kind of views of success? I think it’s too vague to really answer anything, you should really try to take a side unless you’re VERY specific in straddling it. Don’t end up not having an opinion at all.

Also a tip: try to fill up as much space as possible because I heard longer essays get higher scores (generally).