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Plan an Effective SAT Essay Using SOAPST(one) Strategy

SAT Instructor Terri Karol of Prepped & Polished, talks about how to write a great SAT Essay using the SOAPST(one) strategy.

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May 31st, 2017
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Mastering the SAT Essay in 25 Minutes: The Bode Miller Approach

SAT Writing Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how to approach the SAT essay. Similar to the way Bode Miller approaches an Olympic skiing event, Terri shares Gold Medal advice on how to pace yourself wisely during this section.

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February 4th, 2014
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Reality Television SAT Essay Topic, Good or Bad?

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished talks about the recent controversial SAT essay topic about reality television.

He thinks that while the topic may appear at first glance biased only to those who habitually watch reality television, it is still a broad enough topic where virtually any high school student can properly answer the question.

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Hi, everyone. Alexis Avila, here; Founder of Prepped & Polished, LLC.
Students who recently took the March SAT got a curveball when they opened
up their test booklet and saw Section 1, the essay, was a topic about
reality television and how whether or not it damages society.After that test, parents and students were calling me and saying, “How
could the SAT pick such as trifling topic such as reality television?”
While it may have been disadvantageous for students who don’t habitually
watch reality television to have received that topic, the truth is, the
topic itself is really about society and your reflections about how society
. . . what you think about society. That is a very common SAT question all
of the sudden.Basically, you have to approach your SAT topic, in this case a reality
television show and how it damages society topic, the same way you do any
SAT essay. You’re going to write an introduction and state whether you
agree or disagree with the topic, set forth your examples, and then have a
conclusion. The SAT essay graders are going to grade you on your writing
style, whether you were able to successfully adapt to the essay, and write
in a cohesive fashion. Business as usual; you don’t know what to expect on
the SAT essay, but have a game plan and you should be fine.

I’ll talk to you soon.

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March 31st, 2011
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The SAT Essay: The Longer, The Better?

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished reacts to the November 5, 2010 Good Morning America report about SAT essay length and score increase. Good Morning America Report

Parenting Squad also featured Alexis Avila in their article: The Longer, The Better? A Student Researches Writing Scores On The SAT
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Alexis believes that while essay score length is one factor to getting a higher SAT essay score, essay substance and essay structure are just as important.

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Hi everyone, Alexis Avila here, founder of Prepped and Polished, LLC. Now, recently featured me in their SAT essay article, which
talked about the Good Morning America report of a 14-year-old high school
student, Milo Beckman, who researched the alleged correlation between
longer SAT essays and higher SAT essay scores.

Now while SAT essay graders will certainly appreciate you filling up both
allotted pages of your SAT essay, if they don’t see any substance in your
SAT essay, they won’t hesitate to give you a bad mark. Now to go a step
further, I find that SAT essay structure is another essential component for
an SAT essay grader.

So, for example, it’s really important to have a strong opening
introductory paragraph because SAT essay graders are reading hundreds of
essays. So they get bored after the hundred and first. You got to grab
their attention right away. So overall, sure, it’s important to have a
pretty long SAT essay, about two pages, but also have a well-structured
essay and have a lot of substance in your essay and I guarantee you’ll have
a good SAT essay score.

Good luck, and I’ll talk to you soon.

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February 14th, 2011
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