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How to Transition Between Paragraphs — Template Part V

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series SAT Essay Template

We’re onto Paragraph 3 now. It’s exactly the same as Paragraph 2 with one exception. You still start with a topic sentence, but because this is your second example paragraph, you need to seamlessly transition between the end of Paragraph 2 and the beginning of Paragraph 3. Something as simple as “Another situation where…” or “(Your example) is another event …

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How to Analyze Like Fitzgerald — Template Part IV

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series SAT Essay Template

So far we’ve learned that deep analysis avoids claim and summary as much as possible. If you make a claim, then you have to tell us WHY you believe that. Back it up with examples and reasoning. Furthermore, you have to tell us so what if it’s true? In other words, why should we care? If you make a summary, you have to …

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Your Mortal Enemies: Claim and Summary — Template Part III

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series SAT Essay Template

I had this convo the other day: Me: Ah, so nice to see you again, my dear good ol’ friend Mr. Analysis. Mr. Analysis: I’m going to pwn you, straight up. You can’t even handle me right now. I’m so tricky. Me: Hey, that’s not nice. Plus, if I remember correctly, I’m the one who pwned you last we met. Remember all those …

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The Thing 90% of You Are Missing in Your Topic Sentence — Template Part II

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series SAT Essay Template

This is Part 2 of a multi-post series on writing the 25-minute SAT essay, a paragraph-by-paragraph, sentence-by-sentence breakdown. Basically, these posts will construct a full-fledged essay template. Paragraph 2 — Example 1/Analysis (approx. 7-10 sentences): Paragraph 2 is your first body paragraph. This is where you analyze your first example, but for now, let’s just focus on the first sentence …

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Down to Two (50/50)? What to Do? Don’t Justify…Identify

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Reading comprehension, compared to math and grammar, is much more resistant to strategy attacks. Reading comp questions are like the cockroaches of the SAT world—nearly immune to pesticide (our tactics and strategies). The only way to truly and effectively conquer these pesky questions is the old fashion way: stomping them dead. By that I mean actually understanding what you’re reading—the …