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Test Prep Tasty Tidbit: Don't Bore the SAT Essay Reader

By January 10, 2013

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Test Prep Tasty Tidbit: Don't Bore the SAT Essay Reader

Imagine that you're an SAT essay grader and you've just read through 158 essays about the same topic. Half of the essays made you want to throw yourself from a window because the writing was so mindless, boring and illogical. A quarter of the essays were in the "Mehhh" category; you weren't doing a dance or anything, but they were passable. A handful were just beautiful - organized, focused, and zesty. Then, you get to the 159th essay, and after a quick glance, you hang your head and sigh - it's boring, and the thought of reading this kid's mindless examples and stale prattling makes you want to weep.

Don't make the SAT essay reader weep. It's not very nice and it doesn't bode well for your score. You want to be the tester who makes a good impression. You want him or her to jump from the chair after reading your essay with a raised fist and a screech of triumph.

Here are 10 SAT writing tips to help you do just that.

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