It's not a requirement that you always use this structure, and some writers find it less useful than others.
But, if you're just starting to work on mastering the craft of essay writing, you could practice the five-paragraph structure, which consists of an with a thesis statement, three body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.
Use our SAT essay section to get clear advice on how to handle the essay.
We have a topic list from which you can select some essays to practice.
Did you know that Steven Spielberg directed his first big Hollywood movie without ever having been behind a camera before?
Of course you didn't know those things, because they're not true!
With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
Did you know that Ernest Hemingway wrote his first novel without ever having written anything before?
Select just one writing concept at a time, take thirty minutes to review the rules for that concept and do a few short practice exercises to see if you can get the rules down.
Remember: try to take on concepts one at a time to keep from feeling overwhelmed. For those of us who get scared by the idea of having to write, essays might seem like big, mysterious blobs of words, the secrets of which only a select few people understand. There are distinct ways of structuring different types of essays.