New SAT Paper for Practicing your Essay Writing Skills

New SAT Paper Thumb Print ImageThe new SAT has a completely new task given to students.

In it, students are asked to do rhetorical analysis of a piece (written or spoken), but a common question our students ask is “how long should it be?”

In the previous essay, students had 2 pages to fill in order to complete the writing task.  So, the maximum a student could write was that.  And Dr. Les Perelman, who previously served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at MIT, found that:

“It appeared to me that regardless of what a student wrote, the longer the essay, the higher the score…”

His findings were based on: 

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