Tip # 2: Identify the Problem

Updated: Aug 13, 2020


Let's get started, shall we? When we last left off, I shared how staying focused on the task matters. While that's a great place to start, let's kick it up a notch.

Today, let's chat (or read) about how quickly identifying the problem saves you time, and that extra time can lead to a HIGHER score; that’s a post for another day, my friends. In the writing part of your test, you have two certainties: the topics and the amount of time you’re given. Neither of those two pieces can be changed, but your plan of attack CAN.

First, you MUST identify the problem. In other words, take a long (not too long, though- I recommend five minutes), hard look at what the prompt is asking and write accordingly. What is the prompt asking you to do? If it’s to compare and contrast, you need to write about BOTH sides. This CAN result in a HIGHER score, and that’s what we want, right?! Do you need to add extra stuff to make your writing SOUND better? NO- but you already knew that answer. In sum, identifying the problem is the first step.

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