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3) Introduction to SAT’s Writing Section 1/2 – SAT Essay
By chulatutor   on 07/10/15

SAT

3) Introduction to SAT’s Writing Section 1/2 – SAT Essay

 

Writing questions on the SAT compose of two formats: a direct measure in the form of an essay and multiple-choice questions. Here is a breakdown of the questions:

 

Question types# of QuestionsTime
Essay125 minutes
Multiple-choice4935 minutes (one 25-minute section and one 10-minute section)
Total: 50Total: 60 minutes

The content covered in the multiple-choice writing questions includes:

Content# of Questions
Improving sentences25
Identifying sentence errors18
Improving paragraphs6

 

The essay is always the first question on the SAT. Students are given 25 minutes to respond to the question by writing an essay in longhand on the answer sheet, using a No. 2 pencil. The essay measures a student’s ability to:

– Develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt

– Support a point of view using reasoning and examples from their reading, studies, experience, or observations

– Follow the conventions of Standard Written English

Students are given a prompt or assignment, which is a short (no more than 80 words long) quotation or statement on an issue that is carefully selected to :

– Enable students to react and respond quickly in a variety of ways

– Be easily accessible to the general test-taking population, including students for whom English is a second language (ESL)

– Be free of figurative, technical, or specific literary references

Sample essay prompt

Here is a sample essay prompt:

Essay Prompt :

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

 

Even scientists know that absolute objectivity has yet to be attained. It’s the same for absolute truth. But, as many newspaper reporters have observed, the idea of objectivity as a guiding principle is too valuable to be abandoned. Without it, the pursuit of knowledge is hopelessly lost.

 

Adapted from “Focusing Our Values,” Nieman Reports

Assignment: Are people better at making observations, discoveries, and decisions if they remain neutral and impartial? Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

 

Source : https://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/about/sections/writing

3) Introduction to SAT’s Writing Section 1/2 – SAT Essay

The essay is always the first question on the SAT. Students are given 25 minutes to respond to the question by writing an essay in longhand on the answer sheet, using a No. 2 pencil.
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