All of the new SAT essay prompts are customized slightly to include a reference to the author and the author’s main idea, but here’s the basic template prompt that you will see on every SAT exam: 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 or more of the features listed above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of [his/her] argument.
Your essay should not explain whether you agree with Gioia’s claims, but rather explain how Gioia builds an argument to persuade his audience. Write an essay in which you explain how Jimmy Carter builds an argument to persuade his audience that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should not be developed for industry.
In your essay, analyze how Carter uses one or more of the features listed in the box above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument.
With a Ph D from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007.
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Did you know that the new SAT (debuting in March of 2016) has a new essay format?
You now have 50 minutes to write, and the format has been totally revamped.
Many of the links also include same student essays (bonus!
) that I highly suggest you read so that you can see which essays get which scores.