How to Read the SAT Essay Passage with Purpose

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Wondering how to do your best on the optional SAT Essay? Well, a great place to start is with what you'll be writing about. To craft your winning SAT essay, you'll be given a text to read and analyze. (That's right, another reading passage!)

Your goals in this section are different from those you had for the Reading section. You're no longer searching for specific information in a passage to fit a multiple-choice question. Instead, you're looking for ways to independently discuss how the author builds his or her argument. To do that, you'll read the text (usually a speech or an article of some sort) and then craft an objective analysis of it.

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