SAT Essay

How to Prepare for Timed Essays Such as the SAT Essay

The SAT essay is a 25-minute essay that is intended to test your understanding of the basic principles of persuasive essay writing and your ability to write a coherent, grammatically sound essay on an unfamiliar topic. It is not an easy task, but fortunately the scope of the College Board’s expectations is fairly narrow. Through strategic preparation and practice, you can put yourself in a position to do well on the essay.

The following handouts will help you understand the requirements of the essay and prepare for it:

SAT Essay Tips offers my advice on how to approach the essay.
The SAT Essay: Building a Repertoire of Examples will help you prepare good examples for any prompt you might be given.

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