On Demand Writing for Students: Coaching Yourself for the SAT, ACT, and AP Essays

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Preface

Forget Everything I Told You
If you want to write better on demand, the first thing you need to do is disregard everything your English teachers have taught you about the writing process. That’s right—even if I was your English teacher—forget everything I told you.Why?Because writing on demand for standardized tests and holistic scoring are very different from writing an essay or a report that you can draft and revise. The limitations are numerous, and the expectations are not the same.
When You Write On Demand:
You don’t know your prompt until the writing session begins. This means little-to-no time to think. Your pen must be moving at all times—sketching an outline, jotting down examples, writing the essay.
You don’t get a second more than the allotted time. You cannot wait for a better idea, conjure the muse of perfect word choice, or run your final draft through spell-check. Your pen strokes are numbered!
You often have to settle for less-than-spectacular examples, an oversimplified expression of an idea, or a less-than-enticing introduction. Your best writing will probably only surface occasionally, if at all.
You will be rewarded for what you do well in constructing and developing an essay; occasional grammatical and mechanical errors will not count against you—so relax!

How This Book Helps You Write On Demand:
It proposes ways to prepare for the different expectations of varied writing prompts.

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