Your essay score will appear on every score report you send to colleges, regardless of whether or not the school requires an essay.Here are 5 tips for writing a killer SAT essay, should you decide to add on that section: The thing to remember here is that ETS (the company that writes the test) is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text. Unfortunately, this is one occasion where your skill with a pencil matters. If they cannot decipher your script, they will lower your score. Remember the basic essay structure you learned in school: introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion? Your introduction should describe the text and paraphrase the argument being made, as well as introduce the specific elements of the passage and argument that you will discuss in the essay.
I've separated this out as its own point because it’s so important.
Take this example prompt, for instance: Write an essay in which you explain how Eric Klinenberg builds an argument to persuade his audience that Americans need to greatly reduce their reliance on air-conditioning.
In your essay, analyze how Klinenberg uses one or more of the features listed in the box above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument.
Aside from the “grid in” math questions, all you have to do for most of the SAT is answer multiple choice questions.
And then, if you've chosen to take it, there's the essay.