Practice with SAT / AP Argument Essay Categories and Prompts

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Read over the list of essay categories and prompts.


      Eye of the Tiger!          Eye of the Tiger!          Eye of the Tiger!          Eye of the Tiger!         





Collaborative effort:

Each group will randomly select several of the prompts from the list.

Each group will complete one worksheet.

I will compile your ideas for future reference.  You will be able to have a concrete list of resources to review prior to the exam.

You will have seven minutes per graphic organizer for each prompt.

For 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 efficiently. is you vs. the clock! 

Source Genre: Source: How this source relates to the prompt / category / what your thesis would be: 
Current Event / Pop Culture:    

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The SAT essay measures your ability to:

  • 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 observations
  • 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 precisely.

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.

Important Reminders:

  1. A pencil is required for the essay. An essay written in ink will receive a score of zero.

  2. Do not write your essay in your test book. You will receive credit only for what you write on your answer sheet.

  3. An off-topic essay will receive a score of zero.

  4. 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 Liberation

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.