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Episode #171, Plan an Effective SAT Essay Using SOAPST(one) Strategy Podcast

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

SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) is an acronym for a series of questions that students must first ask themselves, and then answer, as they begin to plan their SAT essays.

Using a concrete plan such as the SOAPStone strategy will help a student to establish the central theme and supporting details of a passage or argument. This is essential to get a good Reading Score on the SAT Essay. Knowing what to look for as you read can help streamline the reading process, organize and develop ideas, and give you a good start on analysis.

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September 28th, 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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About Prepped & Polished:

Prepped & Polished, LLC is a premier educational services company founded by educators in 1999. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality customized learning experience available. We will help you achieve top grades, higher test scores, and meet your academic and professional-related goals. Whether you are looking for in-person or online Tutoring and Test Preparation, we are here to help you succeed. Our caring, dynamic educators graduated from some of the most elite schools in the nation, including University of Michigan, Harvard, Brown, and MIT. They are ready to provide you with the strategies, tools and guidance necessary to ensure academic and professional success. Prepped & Polished proudly serves Boston and its surrounding areas including: Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Sudbury, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Newton, Brookline, Sherborn, Carlisle, Boston

February 4th, 2014
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March 27th, 2012
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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.

Do you believe that the longer the SAT essay, the better the SAT essay score? Do you have other SAT essay tips?

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February 14th, 2011
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Five Essential SAT Resources

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1. The College Board Official SAT Study Guide

Buy this book and have your child take several timed SAT test sections for all components of the test; math, critical reading and writing. By doing timed practice sections, your child will familiarize him/herself with the test format and the caliber of questions. Knowing what to expect on the exam always helps a child gain confidence on test day.

2. Word Smart 1 and 2 by Princeton Review

By using this book your child will learn hundreds of high-voltage SAT vocabulary words that appear on the SAT. There are also plenty of helpful drills and quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning.

3. College Board Website

This free website contains many real SAT Practice Test questions.


Your child can further strengthen his/her SAT vocab by taking Free Rice’s multi-level multiple choice vocabulary quiz. For each question answered correctly, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

5. The SAT Essay Basic Principles

This is one of the best articles I’ve read about how to confidently approach the SAT Essay. This article will show your child how to wow the essay judges by writing a cohesive essay within the time constraints.


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May 10th, 2010
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