This is the caveat to the second question. To score well, you should reference plenty of evidence, but also make sure it’s focused on helping you make your point. Don’t just throw quotes in and hope it looks good. The graders will know the passage very well and will know what you should have picked up on. Planning your essay before you begin writing is essential to ensuring your essay stays focused and only uses evidence that backs up any claims you make about the author and his or her point.
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Critical thinking, also known as critical reasoning, also known as logic, is the skill that SAT essay graders are really looking to see displayed in the essay. You need to be able to evaluate and analyze the claim put forward in the prompt. This is where a lot of students may get tripped up, because they think “oh, well, if I can just write a lot, then I’ll do well.” While there is some truth to the assertion that longer essays tend to score higher , if you don’t display critical thinking you won’t be able to get a top score on your essay.