ESSAY GRADERS ARE LOOKING FOR A MULTIPLE OF PERSPECTIVES ON THE SAME ISSUE IN THE HIGH-SCORING SAT ESSAY.
MAKE SURE THE PERSPECTIVE OF PARAGRAPH 3 IS DIFFERENT/OPPOSITE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PARAGRAPH 2.
Students encounter problems when they do not address a different/opposite perspective in Paragraph 3:
- Students who only look at the question from one perspective do not demonstrate the sophisticated thought process test graders like to see.
- Students who only look at the question from one perspective tend to be repetitive in their thoughts and ideas.
- Students who only look at the question from only one angle tend to not score as high as those who view the question from a different/opposite perspective.
How to Create a Different/Opposite Perspective for Paragraph 3:
Think in terms of, “The Other Side of the Coin.”
- Take the other side of the argument.
- Play “Devil’s Advocate.”
- Change sides for a minute to consider all angles.
- If paragraph 2 is discussing the need for teenage drivers to stay off the road at night, paragraph 3 can address why teenage drivers might argue that they deserve to be able to drive on the road at night.
- If paragraph 2 is arguing that being able to fight and die as a soldier in the military has nothing to do with being able to responsibly handle being served an alcoholic beverage in a bar, then paragraph 3 can talk about how silly it is that being served alcohol requires more maturity than being asked to handle a weapon in the army.
ADDRESSING A DIFFERENT/OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVE IN PARAGRAPH 3 ADDS DEPTH, SOPHISTICATION AND COMPLEXITY TO YOUR ESSAY IN AN EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT MANNER.
Good phrases to incorporate in Paragraph 3:
- On the other hand…
- Another way of looking at this is…
- Opponents might say…
- While most may agree, there are others who feel…