SAT Writing & Essay Prep


    NEW Course! “I’ve taught loads of SAT classes in a few Bay Area cities devoted to after school programs and top scores (with lots of English language learners and native speakers too). I also do loads of private tutoring. Back in high school, I was such a bookworm that I had lots of understanding of how sentences should sound and did quite well without training, but now I’ve gotten lots of grammar and essay structure formal training to pass along.” ~ Prof. Valerie

    Enrollment Options


    InstructorProf. Valerie Frankel
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM Pacific - 8/18/22 - 12/17/22

    The SAT Writing test has students correct passages to show how well they understand the high school essay—how it’s structured and what basic English and grammar look like. We’ll study it all: grammar rules, diction and syntax, and essay structure, along with how to fix the SAT errors.

    We’ll also write SAT essays (which use the same criteria) and work on how to plan, organize, and write very quickly.

    The new topics have students analyzing a passage English-class-style, considering which rhetorical strategies the author used to enhance the argument. We’ll learn how to find those techniques and quickly organize and write a great essay.

    This will also improve essay writing and other writing skills, of course!

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Assignments to do weekly SAT Writing tests and SAT essays out of our class book
    • Additional short assignments as needed

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • SAT strategy lessons
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Additional lessons and resources to help students get more out of the lessons and read with more depth.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • In-class solving of problems and going over homework as well as lessons on analysis and grammar and quick organizing and writing.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) is encouraged in online class discussions and also during lectures.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 8th-grade level or above.
    • Type fluently.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Do an SAT Writing section and SAT essay for homework each week.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • McGraw Hill SAT Elite 2023 – ISBN 978-1264588800