## Reverse Examples/Evidence for Your Essay

Source. What you should take away from this post: You don’t have to use examples that support your point directly You can also use reverse examples to support your point indirectly EXAMPLE: Let’s say the point you want to make is that teens to need make their own decisions and face the consequences to become (more…)

## Restating vs. Summarizing a Passage (Details vs. Main Points)

© Copyright Iain Lees and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Sorting Through the Trash and Finding the Gems… To be honest, this article has a lot of overlap with this one. But this post comes at it from another angle, so hopefully you can learn how to read critically a bit better. Okay, here’s a test. I (more…)

## Logic-Based Inference Questions

I’ve touched upon inference questions in an earlier post (remember: ask yourself WHY something was written, not just WHAT is written). But logic-based inference questions get their own special article because they are a more specialized and advanced subcategory of inference questions. These questions truly test if you know WHY something was written. They don’t (more…)

## 5-Paragraph Essay: Part V: How to Transition Between Paragraphs

This is Part 5 of a multi-part series on how to write a stellar SAT essay. Check out the other parts here: [part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4] Things You’ll Learn From This Post: Paragraph 3 is identical to Paragraph 2 w/ one exception (transition) There needs to be transition between paragraphs “Like” and “Addition” transitions (more…)

## WHAT something says vs. WHY it was said

There are two levels to understanding a sentence: What it actually says (superficial first level) What purpose/role/function it serves (deeper second level) Remember back in elementary school when we played the most annoying game on earth…the Why Game? I do. I vividly remember how I used it to torture my friends, family, and teachers. Basically, (more…)

## 5-Paragraph Essay: Part IV: How to Write Deep Analysis

This is Part 4 of a multi-part essay series. Check out those other parts first, if you haven’t already. [part 1, part 2, part 3] Deep analysis avoids claim and summary as much as possible. If you make a claim, you back it up with examples and reasoning. If you give a summary, you also (more…)

## 5-Paragraph Essay: Part II: Body Paragraph — How to Write a Topic Sentence

Source. 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.   If you haven’t checked out part 1 on the introduction paragraph, jump on over there first.   Paragraph 2 — Example 1/Analysis (approx. 7-10 sentences):   (more…)

## An Oldie But Goodie: 5-Paragraph Essay Part I: Introduction Paragraph

You know the 5-paragraph essay format you learned way back when? Use it. Or at least use a 4-paragraph essay where you cut out one of the body paragraphs. Of course there are other formats that can get you a nice score on this essay, but if you don’t already know them, now is not (more…)