SSAT Essay Writing
- Quickly jot down words or phrases about the topic.
- Organize your thoughts by numbering points or drawing lines to connect related ideas.
- Make sure your essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion
(in other words, a beginning, middle, and end).
- Take a position and have a clear point of view.
-Start each paragraph with a topic sentence.
- Provide at least two supporting details or examples for each main point.
- Correct mistakes by crossing out neatly and adding new words legibly above
1. Read the question carefully
- Rephrase the question in your own words to make sure you understand it.
2. Answer the question.
- Follow all directions and do exactly what you are asked to do. You can be creative in your approach to the subject, but you must write on the topic you are assigned.
3. Have a plan.
- Allow at least 2-3 minutes to plan your essay. Jot down your main points and at least two examples or details for each one. A good plan will make the writing go more smoothly
4. Start to write.
- For the SSAT, allow about 15-20 minutes to write and revise you essay.
- Write as neatly and legibly as you can. You must write in ink on the lined pages provided. If you change your mind, you may strike through a word or phrase and change it, but remember that someone has to be able to read what you have written.
5. Stick to your plan.
- Stay focused on your topic and follow your plan.
- Allow at least 3-5 minutes to read over your essay and make any necessary corrections and changes. Check for careless errors in spelling and grammar. Make sure that your essay says what you intended to say.