When it comes to the SAT essay, the thesis statement is the most important component. Without a strong thesis, you can get bogged down, confused, and lost in your ideas. Before we get any further, you might still be asking yourself, what is a thesis statement? Merriam Webster defines it as “a statement that someone wants to discuss or prove.”

So without going any further, you know that your thesis statement is the beginning of your argument for your SAT Essay. Essentially, you want to tell the grader what you are going to prove in your body paragraphs.

To not stress yourself out during the allotted essay time, there are things you can do to make your thesis clear. The first is to keep it simple. Don’t try to fit in everything that you are going to write in your thesis statement. Your body paragraphs will accomplish that! Just focus on your argument, and the prompt given.

Also, don’t assume the grader knows the prompt. Write as though your argument is your own, because at the end of the day, it is! Focus on the prompt, create your argument, and write your body paragraphs to support that. A strong thesis sends you to a great score on your SAT Essay.

By Coran Hendry, English Tutor