The Essay



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The SAT Essay is scored very differently than your typical high school essay/paper. It's scored holistically and on a scale of 0-6. Below are some examples of scored essays with explanations. These essays, explanations, the Scoring Guide and more can be found on the College Board's SAT Online Course.






Click for some quick tips in preparing for your essay. Look below for more details.

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To watch a tutorial on how the SAT Essay is scored, click below. Use the right click button on your mouse (ctrl-click on a Mac) to zoom in and to pause playback. Thanks!

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To learn a strategy of how to write the SAT Essay (5/15/5), click below. Use the right click button on your mouse (ctrl-click on a Mac) to zoom in and to pause playback. Thanks!







When it comes to writing the SAT Essay, you will not know the prompt ahead of time. You will be expected to extract from your mind and knowledge base experiences, ideas, events, and/or facts that can support your overall thesis. So how can you prepare for the unknown?

How To Prepare For An Unknown Prompt (video)

To help you increase your wealthy knowledge base, we suggest you watch some videos from TED.com. Watch, listen, & learn.


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