SAT Essay Supplement2b

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SAT Essay Supplement To The Color Code Essay Writing System Owner’s Manual Including Two Sample Color-coded SAT Essays Copyright 2010 Michael deRosset Strong M.A.T. Le Fort Productions
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The ColorCode System can be applied to writing almost any type of essay, including the College Board S.A.T. Essay. Since students have only 25 minutes to complete SAT Essays, they will have to “tweak” the System by using only the “bare essentials. I have prepared this supplement to The ColorCode System Owner’s Manual to assist students in this task. The Supplement includes some general observations about the SAT Essay; one of the two questions from the December 2009 SAT Essay exam; two Sample SAT Essays, composed & color-coded by me; and a detailed analysis of how the ColorCode System was used to write the SAT Essay. This is followed by a brief discussion about “gaming” the SAT Essay. Sit down; take a deep breath and let’s put the SAT Essay into perspective. Your parents are all in a tizzy about the SAT Essay because back when they took the Verbal section of the SAT exam, there was no Essay. It was all “multiple choice.” To most of them, the prospect of writing an essay is terrifying. They need to chill out. Writing the SAT Essay isn’t such a big deal. Here’s why: A) 70% of the Writing Section of the SAT still consists of multiple- choice questions; the SAT Essay counts for only 30% of your score. B) In 25 minutes, no one reasonably can expect you to write a thesis that resolves all the problems of the world. C) The College Board has stated for the record that the two people grading your essay will determine your score after only three minutes. D) Each grader assigns your SAT Essay a score between 1 and 6. Those scores are combined for a maximum grade of 12. Each SAT Essay point counts for 2.5% of your overall Writing Section score. Many self-appointed “experts” imply that it’s critical to score a 12 on your SAT Essay. Hogwash! A 10 is enough to do well on the Writing Section. This relieves a bit of the pressure of taking the SAT Essay exam. You want to earn at least 5s from the graders. How can this be done? E) In the scant three minutes graders have to evaluate your SAT Essay, they try to determine if you understood the theme contained in the question; if your answer to the question related to that theme, and if the statements supporting your answer seemed plausible and relevant. It is my contention that the key to scoring at least 10 is to write an essay that the graders can read easily. You do this by answering the question in the first sentence and then presenting reasons supporting
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that answer in a systematic manner. Following this format makes your essay seem logical and persuasive. Only in the final 30 seconds do graders evaluate the quality of your statements. Let’s suppose your SAT Essay is rather bland, supporting your answer with statements lacking specific detail, and providing no special insight. Probably it wouldn’t merit a score of 6 from each grader. However, after wading
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Mcbride during the Spring '08 term at Collin College.

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