An important first step is to know the directions, which won’t change test day since the SAT will recycle them, word-for-word, as they appear below.
“Consider how the author (the name will change each time) uses It’s good to know how writers go about persuading us.
What I’m about to say probably won’t make me popular with many high school math teachers, but here it is.
Some of the stuff that you’ll prep for in the math SAT section, you might never have to learn or use again.
And it will never be their neighbor or that one lady they talked to on the bus.
Writers will always quote leading authorities to give their claims greater authority.
I know you’re probably thinking of the SAT essay as a necessary evil—an optional evil, no less.
But much of what you’ll learn here isn’t a means to a quick end, but something that you will be using for the rest of your life.
That way, their audience is more likely to be persuaded.
You might be thinking that the kids should just be able to go to another school. Those are valid objections and that’s why writing doesn’t just aim to persuade us at an emotional level (pathos) but also at an intellectual or logical level (Happy Hills Private School is a one of a kind institution for gifted children recruited from all over the country.