Author of “The SAT Essay Formula”

Here are some simple strategies to help you overcome these difficulties. They'll be posted in blog-style installments, so keep checking back if you want a perfect score on your SAT essay...

Preparing your evidence for the SAT essay in advance is one of my .

Believe me - I hate formula writing, which is why personally I think the SAT essay is a load of crap, but unfortunately that's how ETS made it, and it's up to us to beat them at their own game. Even though I would never use this approach in a real english class, its an effective strategy on the ETS. (gj testing us on our writing skills Collegeboard...)


How to Use these SAT essay prompts to prepare:

In this post, I’m going to give a quick overview of some top historical examples for the SAT Essay.

The SAT Essay shows how well you understand the passage and use it as the basis for a well-written thought-out discussion. The two people who score your essay will each award between 1 and 4 points in each of these three categories:


The SAT Essay is a lot like a typical college writing assignment in which you’re asked to analyze a text. Take the SAT with Essay and show colleges that you’re ready to come to campus and write.If you take the SAT with Essay, your essay scores will always be reported along with your other scores from that test day. Even though allows you to choose which day’s scores you send to colleges, you can never send only some scores from a certain test day. For instance, you can’t choose to send Math scores but not SAT Essay scores.You don’t have to take the SAT with Essay, but if you do, you’ll be able to apply to schools that require it. If you don’t register for the SAT with Essay at first, you can add it later.Choose an option below to learn about our essay formats. You will also find an essay evaluation grid, a list of SAT essay topics for you to practice on and two sample essays.