How to balance your time on the SAT essay

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Timing Is Everything

One of the hardest things about the essay is balancing your time. You have 25 minutes to write, which is not a lot. Here's a rough guideline to help keep you on track:

First 3 minutes: Think. Organize. Take a point of view. Brainstorm, and write down the examples you've picked.

Next 17–20 minutes: Write. Try to balance your time between the intro and body paragraphs.

Last 2–5 minutes: Conclusion. If you haven't done so already, begin writing your conclusion.

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