One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT essay is to read and write SAT essays. After every SAT, many of our students give us permission to use their actual essays to help others learn from what they did. We’ve posted and discussed this essay to hopefully help you prepare.
A few quick points about the SAT essay for those of you a bit newer to the test:
- The essay is the very first section of the test.
- The essay is handwritten in 25 minutes with a pencil on 2 sides of 8.5″x 11″ paper.
- The essay is worth up to 180 points of the total SAT Writing score.
- Your full essay will be available on collegeboard.com about 4 weeks after your test date.
- Each SAT essay consists of a Prompt, which gives some background discussion and context, and an Assignment, which gives the specific assignment they have to complete.
Without further ado, here is a January 2011 SAT essay transcribed for your reading pleasure: