pen paperThe written essay portion of the SAT is optional, but students are encouraged to check with their intended colleges to determine if any of their preferred colleges will be requiring this section of the test for admissions.  The SAT has worked to streamline the essay section for students so that you will know what to anticipate.  The information below can assist you as you prepare.

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As you’ll see, this is basically the same prompt for every essay:

As you read the passage below, consider how (the author) uses evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

-       Evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims

-       Reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence

-       Stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed

Write an essay in which you explain how (the author) builds an argument to persuade (his/ her) audience that (author’s claim).  In your essay, analyze how (the author) uses one of more of the features listed above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of (his/ her) argument.  Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage.  Your essay should not explain whether you agree with (the author’s) claims, but rather explain how the author builds an argument to persuade (his/ her) audience.


Here are the scoring rubrics for every section of the essay is posted here


This is where students can access 3 practice essays, write them, get them scored, and improve upon their work for free.


Here is some info on how to best utilize the 3 free practice essays