These questions will have a correct answer, though, based on evidence from the passage.
Essentially, how do authors construct effective arguments in their writing? How can you use those tools to craft effective writing yourself? The exam has two parts: the first section is an hour-long, 52-55 question multiple-choice section that asks you questions on the rhetorical construction and techniques of a series of nonfiction passages. It starts with a 15-minute reading period, and then you’ll have 120 minutes to write three analytical essays: one synthesizing several provided texts to create an argument, one analyzing a nonfiction passage for its rhetorical construction, and one creating an original argument in response to a prompt.
You will have about 40 minutes to write each essay, but no one will prompt you to move from essay to essay—you can structure the 120 minutes as you wish.
Example: Still other questions will ask you to identify what purpose a particular part of the text serves in the author’s larger argument.
What is the author trying to accomplish with the particular moment in the text identified in the question?
When I took the New SAT in December 2016, I used the techniques I learned in AP Lang for writing my essay, and I got an 8/8/8.
The only difference between the two essays that I know of is the length of the passage.
Example: Some questions will ask you to describe the relationship between two parts of the text, whether they are paragraphs or specific lines.
You can identify these because they will usually explicitly ask about the relationship between two identified parts of the text, although sometimes they will instead ask about a relationship implicitly, by saying something like “compared to the rest of the passage.” Example: These questions will ask you about the deeper meaning or implication of figurative language or imagery that is used in the text.
Essentially, why did the author choose to use this simile or this metaphor? You can generally identify questions like this because the question will specifically reference a moment of figurative language in the text.
However, it might not be immediately apparent that the phrase being referenced is figurative, so you may need to go back and look at it in the passage to be sure of what kind of question you are facing.