Sometimes you might find the author's argument to analyze harder than others, or sometimes you might find the article more difficult to get through, but you will always be able to impress them enough to get a 6/6/6.
The response shows an understanding of the text’s central idea(s) and of most important details and how they interrelate, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the text.
The response is free of errors of fact or interpretation with regard to the text.
The response shows an understanding of the text’s central idea(s) and important details.
The response is free of substantive errors of fact and interpretation with regard to the text.
The response competently evaluates the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, and/or stylistic and persuasive elements, and/or feature(s) of the student’s own choosing.
The response contains relevant and sufficient support for claim(s) or point(s) made.We’ve got good news and bad news for those of you who are determined to score an 8/8/8 on the SAT essay.Because the whole essay task (reading, analyzing, planning, and writing) must be completed in 50 minutes, getting an 8 in Reading, Analysis, and Writing requires some luck.If you aren’t fully aware of the SAT essay building blocks, take a spin through our 15 SAT Essay tips to raise your essay score. The perfect SAT essay is like a puzzle that happens to be in written form—it can be mastered, but to do it well and completely every time requires practice with a lot of sample topics.But how do you push your essay to the next level, from "adequate" to "outstanding? You need to learn the format of an effective essay and how to fill out a complete essay within 50 minutes.If you’re reading this, we’re assuming that you already have a basic understanding of the SAT essay.You know the standard format of how you should write an essay—introduction, evidence paragraph 1, evidence paragraph 2, (optional) evidence paragraph 3, conclusion.The response makes appropriate use of textual evidence (quotations, paraphrases, or both), demonstrating an understanding of the source text.The response demonstrates thorough comprehension of the source text.You have to read the article and analyze the way the author builds her/his argument, pick out the most important components to the argument, find evidence to support your interpretation, and plan out your essay before you can even start writing.A lot depends on how quickly you can come up with a thesis and relevant support for whatever the prompt happens to be—you might find some articles easier to read and analyze the argumentative structure of than others.