Practice with SAT / AP Argument Essay
Categories and Prompts
the list of essay categories and
group will randomly select several of
the prompts from the list.
group will complete one worksheet.
compile your ideas for future reference.
You will be able to have a concrete list
of resources to review prior to the
have seven minutes per graphic organizer
for each prompt.
the actual SAT, you
will only have 25 minutes to complete
the entire essay. The
brainstorming and graphic organizer need
to be completed quickly, accurately, and
Remember...it is you vs. the clock!
How this source relates to the
prompt / category / what your
thesis would be:
Current Event / Pop Culture:
down for more SAT essay information!
The SAT essay measures your ability
develop a point of view on an
issue presented in an excerpt
support your point of view using
reasoning and examples from your
reading, studies, experience, or
follow the conventions of
standard written English
The essay gives you an
opportunity to show how effectively you
can develop and express ideas. You
should, therefore, take care to develop
your point of view, present your ideas
logically and clearly, and use language
Your essay must be written on the
lines provided on your answer sheet —
you will receive no other paper on which
to write. You will have enough space if
you write on every line, avoid wide
margins, and keep your handwriting to a
reasonable size. Remember that people
who are not familiar with your
handwriting will read what you write.
Try to write or print so that what you
are writing is legible to those readers.
A pencil is required for the
essay. An essay written in ink will
receive a score of zero.
Do not write your essay in your
test book. You will receive credit
only for what you write on your
An off-topic essay will receive
a score of zero.
If your essay does not reflect
your original and individual work,
your test scores may be canceled.
Directions from a real SAT Essay
You have twenty-five minutes to write
an essay on the topic assigned below.
Think carefully about the issue
presented in the following excerpt and
the assignment below.
Many persons believe that to move up the
ladder of success and achievement, they
must forget the past, repress it, and
relinquish it. But others have just the
opposite view. They see old memories as
a chance to reckon with the past and
integrate past and present.
Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot,
I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and
Assignment: Do memories hinder or help
people in their effort to learn from the
past and succeed in the present? 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.