Set the Stage

Have you ever seen a model strut down the catwalk in a plain white tee shirt and comfy jeans? I didn’t think so. Boring outfits simply aren’t worth watching.

Essay writing may not require long legs and lots of makeup, but it does benefit from the same cutting-edge “wow factor”. And the best way to make your essay runway-worthy is to give it some flair that says to the bleary-eyed reader, “Hey, this is going to be a good one.”

Not sure how to stand out? Try starting your essay with a one-word sentence taken from the theme of the assignment. For example, if the essay asks, “Do actions define a hero?” begin with “Hero.” Or, open your essay with a repetitive sentence: “A hero is x, a hero is y, but most importantly a hero is z.” Another good tactic is to begin with a thought-provoking question: “What is a hero?”

Standardized tests are taken by over a million students per year, and essay graders read hundreds of essays. Your essay needs to shine – so strut your stuff and begin with a stylistic bang!

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