This is where the Rule really shines. Now that you have pre-researched and memorized all details related to your example s , it's time to make full use of them and plug them in to build volume and persuasive content.
If not, you are padding; that will not get you a zero, but something in the range. Important: Make sure you pepper your plug-in with some statistics, full names, and dates.
This is a sure tactic to impress your graders. Awful: Students should not play PS3 because my mom told me so! Now that you've plugged in everything you know about your first example, it's time to make some sense out of it and tie your plug-ins back to the prompt. Write one to two sentences - in your own words - about how your plug-ins help support your thesis.
Step 8 8 minutes: Repeat the above process two times. Step 9 2 minutes: Write a strong conclusion: The power of "indeed". Your conclusion is extremely important as it is the final piece of information graders will read before grading your essay.
Think of it as the last impression you leave on your graders - the stronger it is, the higher the score. Your conclusion must be succinct to the point and, most importantly, well crafted.
By this, I mean that you should not leave such an important part of your essay up to improvisation. You must pre-plan for this and create multiple plug-ins. For example: After a careful analysis of , Of Mice and Men, and Fahrenheit , one can see that honesty is, indeed, the best policy in building and maintaining long-lasting trust.
Without honesty, societies can fall into chaos. Step 10 minutes: Whew! You're almost done. All you need to do now is go back and make sure you did not make any silly mistakes. Spend a minute or so revising and proofreading your essay.
I've seen so many silly mistakes from my students that I must ask you to not make these same mistakes. Sample Template Prompt: Is honesty always the best policy? Thesis: Honesty is crucial to build and maintain trust. Accelerated Plug-in Recap and miscellaneous comments: Universal Template Make sure the template you build can be applied to all possible prompts.
For example, Intro Plug-In: Several examples from Time Management Give yourself less time during practice; minutes should do to simulate the real test. Trust me, when you take the real test, it is not going to feel like a whole 25 minutes.
Because of all the pressure and anxiety, you will feel rushed - thus, minutes are perfect to prep for this section. Subjective Nature Graders are humans after all, and there is no way of predicting how they will react to your essay. That is why relying on a proven template is a safer way to go than improvising during the test.
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Fifty others, including parents and notable actors and business entrepreneurs, were also charged. The summer before twelfth grade is a time when many applicants finalize application plans and perhaps begin writing essays. Further, they decide whether to apply by early or regular decision. Making up Ideas - Just as I said that you can make up quotations, you can also completely make up content to use in your essays as well. This is exactly what I did for the essay that I got a perfect score on when I said that Lloyd Bentsen used to challenge his teachers in school on political and social issues, something that eventually turned him into one of the most successful politicians in his homestate of Texas.
In reality, I have no way of knowing if any of that was true, but it made good content for my essay and I got a perfect score using that "example. Every single time, all I do is write the same essay over and over again. I always oppose the mandate and use a real life example, such as with the Lloyd Bentsen one for the first paragraph and then always talk about how this mandate is an invasion of civil liberties and could lead to authoritarianism in the second paragraph.
I guarantee that if you use that same format every time, then there will be no question marks when you go to write and you will most definitely write a better essay. Explain Each Idea - In your essays, you're bound to mention small ideas to back up your main examples. While it's impossible to be perfect and literally explain every little detail you mention, if you just elaborate for half a sentence when you mention something as small as the constitution to back up the invasion when you mention something as small as the constitution to back up the invasion of civil liberties piece, for example, I guarantee that it will make everything clearer for the grader reading the essay who isn't necessarily in the same mindset or situation that you are in while you are composing this essay.
That's basically it. If anyone else who has gotten a perfect score on the ACT Essay also wants to chime in and give some help to others, please post a reply with your tip or piece of advice and I will do my best to incorporate your ideas into this first post in the thread.
Reply , PM 2 Wow. Great stuff - thanks. Well thought out post. I'm curious did you take the ACT on the April 9th national test day? I'm also curious to know which prep books you used in order for you to get that fine score of a Good job. Reply , PM 4 Solid stuff When I took my first released exam, I got a 28, and when I took the second, I got a I did the third one a section at a time so I don't really know what my overall score was, but it was probably right around This is the sad side of the college admissions scene today: the frenzy, the hunt for your own private hook, the gimmick, the need ultimately to win some prize called College X.
Sure, they may never notice what they have done, but they have trivialized themselves. What kind of an introduction to the adventure of higher education is this? It might work, but is it worth it?
Once you have your own custom-made template, 25 quality examples, 3 to 5 transitions, and detail plug-ins, you will be ready to tackle all possible prompts. A Hook - Your essay needs to start off with a hook that is laid out well and makes total sense. For example: After a careful analysis of , Of Mice and Men, and Fahrenheit , one can see that honesty is, indeed, the best policy in building and maintaining long-lasting trust. That is why highlighting certain sections of your essay might do the trick to help you succeed. Step 9 2 minutes: Write a strong conclusion: The power of "indeed".
My responses are: 3, - 5,, depending on your previous exposure to the SAT A combination of novels, magazines, journals, and textbooks Ryan's Top 10 Picks Less than idioms and dictions Absolutely! This is extremely important because without examples you will not be able to complete your essay. What do you think? I've seen so many silly mistakes from my students that I must ask you to not make these same mistakes.
Transitions: There are pre-built transitions that you can easily pick and choose to smooth out the flow of your essay. First, start with the keyword. My responses are: 3, - 5,, depending on your previous exposure to the SAT A combination of novels, magazines, journals, and textbooks Ryan's Top 10 Picks Less than idioms and dictions Absolutely! I have seen some horrible handwriting and I have given them mostly 6s and 8s, depending on what I could get from the essays. The SAT essay does not work that way.
You must make a clear transition to your thesis, which is the next requirement of the essay. You must explain why you agree or disagree with the prompt. Some high schools have one or more teachers experienced in offering counseling to college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders. In terms of the essay, I just did many of the McGraw Hill prompts as well as the ones on the released exam. If possible, do not leave any blank space on the sheet.
I find that length and thesis are the two most important factors in determining an essay's grade. Remember, graders get only a minute or so to read and grade your essay. I am not talking about cheating on the SAT, but being prepared for all possible scenarios, to the point that nothing can surprise you.