[NOTE: this applies to the pre-2016 version of the SAT]
You must have at least four paragraphs in your essay:
- 1st body paragraph
- 2nd body paragraph
Don’t get hung up on your introduction. If you have to, just make it 2-3 sentence long. You are trying to get to your thesis and main body paragraphs as quickly as possible.
I recommend that you end this paragraph with your thesis statement. (Just like the ol’ inverted pyramid technique they taught you in middle school.)
Tie your topic sentences back to your thesis. Remember to stay focused on how this example illustrates your thesis. Do not veer off track and include extraneous detail.
You don’t need to include plot summaries. Assume your audience knows what you are referring to. If you absolutely have to provide a context, make it short.
“In The Wire, a show about the drug scene in Baltimore, Joe is a cop who struggles to do the right thing when faced with arresting an innocent kid framed by the local drug dealer.”
Here’s where you wrap up your argument. If you are running short on time, just write the bare minimum.
Look at the structure of arguments.
- Where are the thesis statements?
- How do body paragraphs begin?
- What information is in the conclusion?
Are we there yet?
Nope. Not quite yet. This part should take you no more than 20 minutes. Why? Because you still need 1-2 minutes to make quick revisions.
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