For this reason, the student will receive three separate scores for the SAT Essay: a reading, analysis, and writing score.This is a tough essay assignment under any circumstances, much less one that the student must complete in 50 minutes as the last section of the SAT.
The essay prompt describes an issue and provides three different perspectives on the issue.
Students are tasked with three distinct objectives for the essay: to ‘evaluate and analyze the three given perspectives’; to ‘state and develop’ their own perspective; and to ‘explain the relationship’ between their perspectives and those given.
But, you aren’t agreeing or disagreeing with what the author is saying, and you definitely won’t have to share any personal experiences.
Instead, you are explaining how the author of the passage constructs their argument.
The thing to remember here is that College Board is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text.
Your essay will be an objective analysis of a speech or argument.Before preparing for the SAT or ACT essay, make sure you know what to expect on each.The SAT and ACT Essays each present new and unique challenges, each the product of a recent redesign that has vastly changed both the look of each writing test as well as the rubric with which a student’s essay is graded.The new SAT Essay section presents an extended piece of nonfiction prose, often times an article excerpted from the likes of or a Condé Nast publication, ranging between 650-800 words, then asks the student to write a five-paragraph essay that identifies, explains, and evaluates the stylistic, rhetorical, and logical elements of the text that contribute to its meaning – all in the span of 50 minutes.All the prompts stick to the following template: “Write an essay in which you explain how [the author’s name] builds an argument to persuade his/her audience…your essay should not explain whether or not you agree with [the author’s] claims, but rather explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade his/her audience.”The SAT prompt does not ask for the student’s opinion on the passage, it tests for how well the student understands the passage’s argument and how the author makes the argument.Their score will not be affected by what perspective they take on the issue.Consider the following prompt featured on the ACT website: There is a fair amount of reading to be done here even before the student can begin to write.If you have read my other articles about the pieces of the new SAT, you’ve probably noticed a trend.The test sections have all been redone to reflect a “college assignment” kind of feel. The previous version of the SAT had a required essay component that you only had 25 minutes to complete.However, the College Board makes the case that its essay assignment is not only more representative of the reading and writing skills that students learn in school, but also more predictive of the sort of reading, analysis, and writing work that students will go on to do at the college level.The following chart outlines the major differences between the ACT and SAT essay: an argument.