What to support: THE CONCLUSION
Each Well-Written SAT Essay has a Concrete Conclusion!
Paragraph 1 + Paragraph 2 + Paragraph 3 add up to Paragraph 4 (The Conclusion)
What is a Conclusion?
- A conclusion is a definite ending whereby the reader of the essay will feel that the ideas are tied together and that the essay has been completed.
Why do you need a Conclusion?
- Essays need endings. Including a conclusion shows the reader you understand the proper structure for the SAT essay and have implemented it successfully.
How do you create a conclusion?
- Think of your essay as if it were a circle. You started at one point and now (in the conclusion) you need to bring everything back around again to complete the loop.
Techniques a student can use to craft a strong conclusion.
- Restate and re-affirm your position.
- Offer a solution to a problem.
- Make a recommendation for a course of action.
- Summarize your major points.
- Restate your thesis.
- In conclusion, teenage drivers are dangerous after dark and should be prohibited from taking the wheel at night. Too many pieces of evidence demonstrate that their general recklessness presents real peril after the sun has set. Stopping them from taking the road doesn’t just protect them, it protects all of us.
- Of all the crazy laws in our country, the one that says an eighteen year old can die for the American flag but not have a beer in a bar before doing so is the dumbest. Sure, people can argue about how the drinking age being set at twenty-one has some advantages but all in all, if I were thinking about serving my country, I’d find it ridiculous that Uncle Sam will permit me to shoot a man before sharing a glass of wine with him.
Keep in mind…
- The conclusion is the final say.
- The purpose of the conclusion is to hammer home an idea and make a point.
- This is no time for wishy-washy language nor unclear positions. Take a side and assert your belief. Strength counts.
DO’s for the conclusion…
- Tie up the major points of the essay.
- Use strong, forceful language that MAKES A POINT.
- Give the reader a sense that the essay is completely finished.
- Hammer home an idea and let the reader know precisely the position the author of the essay has taken on the subject matter being discussed.
- Draw a direct line to the thesis statement.
DON’T’s for the conclusion…
- Start talking about new points and side issues that haven’t been mentioned in the essay prior to this paragraph.
- Give the reader a sense that the essay might go on and may not be finished with yet.
- Use weak, soft language that doesn’t really make a point about anything in particular.
- Doesn’t leave an impression that the author of the essay has any particular belief about the subject matter being discussed.
- Draws no connection to the thesis statement.
- Conclusions can be short (after all, this is a timed test and it might just come down to the last few nitty-gritty moments) but short conclusions can be effective.
- Not writing a conclusion, however, is ineffective and will lower your score.