please grade my SAT essay...

<p>Currently, I don't have any teacher for me to correct my essay.. plz grade my essay (according to SAT grading scale)..thank you</p>

<p>Topic: If you want to become an expert in a certain field, do you need to have more talent or more motivation?</p>

<p>It is widely accepted that people who are talented in a certain field, can very easily attain the professional skills and expertizing capability in that field. However, there are people who believe in a skewed concept – only the people who have talent at certain field can expertize in that field. It seems like motivation is not even considered when a person is trying to become an expert in a field. Interestingly, experiences in my life directly contradict what many people believe. In my experiences, motivation was the most vital factor that contributed to successfully becoming an expert. The motivation enabled two young people, I and Dong-Hyun, to achieve in what they sought.
When I was a child, I was not that much of an athlete. Sports were always something that I considered to do last. Despite my will to stay away from sports, my mother suggested me to practice Tae-Kwon-Do, a Korean military art. I reluctantly decided to try it. At first, I virtually suffered and abhorred to learn it. The harsh exercises and memorization and practice of moves were very hard to endure for a person who did not enjoy sports. After a year had elapsed, I passed the official Tae-Kwon-Do examination and earned a governmental certificate. Before earning the certificate, I never even for one second enjoyed the sport; however as soon as I earned the certificate and found myself recognized by the country, my childish mind easily inverted because of the pride I gained from attaining the certificate. From then, I began to do my best to earn higher certificate. Because I was not a talented sports-wise, I had to put in extra effort to be as good as others and even more strive to be better than others. This motivation was prized after 3 years of practice. I was able to win 3 gold medals from Tae-Kwon-Do competitions and earn higher certificate.
One of my friends who learned Tae-Kwon-Do with me was Dong-Hyun. He was very talented in sports. He was able to play every sport better than anyone else, and Tae-Kwon-Do was not an exception for him. After practicing for several months, Dong-Hyun mastered most of the moves and gained the official certificate much earlier than I did. However, there was one problem with him. Even though Dong-Hyun was very talented at Tae-Kwon-Do, he did not have much motivation for it, but rather preferred to study science. Tae-Kwon-Do, for Dong-Hyun, was just a leisure activity. Without much motivation to practice Tae-Kwon-Do, Dong-Hyun did not improve as rapidly as before after he received the certificate, but poured his effort into learning physics. Soon, Dong-Hyun ceased to practice Tae-Kwon-Do to follow his motivation to study physics. Eventually, in the year I achieved to win the third gold medal, Dong-Hyun won the physics competition held in his school.
Having talent for a certain field and also having motivation for the same field are an extremely lucky case; however, for most cases, what a person is good at does not match what the person eagers to achieve. Even though I was not a talented athlete, I succeeded to become a highly-skilled Tae-Kwon-Do fighter just like Dong-Hyun achieved to win the physics competition. I can deduce from my childhood experiences that to become an expert in a certain field, motivation is more important than talent.</p>

<p>Okay, now I am constantly getting a score of 12/12 on my essays from an actually College board grader.</p>

*The average time an SAT grader spends on an essay is 12 seconds, no joke. </p>

<p>They skim and just look over it. Try to use big impressive words it, even if not in the right context. (I am not recommending using them in the wrong context, but explaining that if you screw up once they most probably wont catch it.) </p>

<p>Tend to stay away from personal references, they do not convince the reader as much as stronger refernces. </p>

<p>Best References: HISTORICAL and LITERARY.
Use historical facts pre-dating the 1960s.
Use classical literary examples not like Twilight or some garbage. (lol) </p>

<p>Have a intro, 3 examples, and a conclusion.
I usually do 2 historical and 1 literary or 2 literary and 1 historical</p>

<p>What really helped me was to get a good score was to plan out essays to control the 25 minute limit.
I went to past examples planned out my three examples and made sure I had a list of 3 good words to use in each example. </p>

<p>Here are some words I always tend to use: veracity, satiate, exacerbate, anachronistic, chauvinism, etc. </p>

<p>THE GRADE I WOULD GIVE YOU: 7 or 8, you might get lucky with an 8 or 9</p>

<p>If you follow my guidelines I am sure you will hit 11 or 12.</p>

<p>9 or 10. xFocus seems a bit harsh, but he's totally right on the ball on the fact. It's the truth: they spend literally no more than a minute on each essay. But I wouldn't give it a 7/8. The question was answered with good examples, although you want to write something more than just Tae-Kwon-Do if you can. Allude to literature or news or something. But it's clear that with your essay, it's not going to cut 11/12.</p>

<p>High-five! I'm a Korean too(I'm going to assume you're just because of the 태권도..)! We should study together or something lol.</p>

<p>Thank you for the tips~</p>


<p>Yes! I'm Korean~!
I guess your older than me...I see 92 in your ID... I am 94...</p>

<p>Sprinkle a little book here, a few big words here and there, and there you go! Next time I'm literally going to plan the big words by memorizing a few fancy words that are synonyms for more commonly used words. Yay for "aptitude" tests!</p>

<p>I read somewhere that a university study yielded results regarding the SAT that allowed them to accurately predict the student's essay score based on length 95% of the time.</p>

<p>There is a thread that compiles each and every essay prompt and organizes them into different sections. If you are serious about this then pre-plan each topic, the time will be very easy to manage and you will just have a little to modify.</p>

<p>They re-use prompts?</p>

<p>For the SAT test they cannot ask really technical questions because a majority of people who fail and not even attempt such a question. The ask extremely ambiguous and general questions so everyone can answer them. A group on CC has actually recorded each DIFFERENT prompt and catergorized them into different themes. The questions the college board asks are similar to the themes because many of the questions are elicted from broad topics such as creativity, speaking against authority, etc.</p>

<p>Have they done the same thing with the ACT?</p>