SAT Practice Essay Topics

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Your SAT score is used by colleges as part of the process to gauge your acceptance. While it is not the only criteria schools use, many of the top-tier schools have a minimum score requirement for admission. Part of the SAT test is writing an essay in 25 minutes that is a measure of your composition skills. It helps to practice your essay by using sample essay topics. You are given a prompt and then an assignment asking for your opinion as the subject of your essay.

Structure of the Test

Before you start practicing, you should know how your essay is meant to be structured. Your opinion should be the main idea in the first paragraph of your essay. Your essay should contain strong arguments. And supporting paragraphs should include a topic sentence and supporting details based on personal examples. Your final paragraph should restate your opinion and summarise your major points, leaving the reader with a clear conclusion.

Sample Essay Topic One

According to the Major Tests website, a sample SAT prompt will look like this: ""That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Thomas Paine." This prompt will be followed by an assignment or instructions to give your opinion based on the prompt, such as "Do we value only what we struggle for? Plan your response, and then write an essay to explain your views on this issue. Be sure to support your position with specific points and examples. (You may use personal examples or examples from your reading, observations or knowledge of subjects such as history, literature and science.)"

Sample Essay Topic Two

A prompt will include a subject of philosophical, ethical or moral debate. Mostly, but not always, the debate will be displayed by a quote from a famous historical figure. You will then be assigned to write your opinion on this divisive topic. Here is another example of a prompt followed by an assignment. Prompt: ""A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation. C.E. Ayers." Assignment: "Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is better to lie? Plan your response, and then write an essay..."

Sample Essay Topic Three

From the Online Math Learning website, you can practice your essay with this prompt: "We do not take the time to determine right from wrong. Reflecting on the difference between right and wrong is hard work. It is so much easier to follow the crowd, going along with what is popular rather than risking the disapproval of others by voicing an objection of any kind. Adapted from Stephen J. Carter, Integrity." The following assignment is: "Is it always best to determine one's own views of right and wrong or can we benefit from following the crowd? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience or observations."

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