Among the SAT myths, these are the most common:
1. The essay template is my bible: WRONG. While the SAT has proven its tendency to gravitate towards a rather formulaic way of arriving at solutions, a cookie-cutter approach to your essay doesn’t quite cut it. Different templates are created in the first place only to help you focus and avoid digression.
An essay that gets a score of 10 or above has much more than just well-defined structure; proper validation of the thesis statement, well-developed essays and a versatile writing style all come into play.
2. Contrary to the belief of most middle and high school teachers (who, just by the way, make it their personal missions to instil this particular notion into their students), it is okay to write your SAT essay in first person. If you feel that “I” fits naturally into your style of writing, go ahead and use it.
However, there’s one little disclaimer:
The aforementioned statement is valid only as long as the essence of your essay isn’t lost in a sea of I’s.
3. And it is okay to start your sentences with “because” or “and”.
As a matter of fact, this piece of advice isn’t just SAT-specific. By the power vested inside me by the rules of grammar, I hereby declare that it is perfectly fine to start your sentences with either of the two.
The reason such a misconception has even come into existence is something that begs to be understood, just like all the other rules of grammar. Because when students start out with either of the two words, they up the chances of leaving those sentences unfinished, or as ‘fragments’.