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Category: SAT Essay Section

Jon Chang

How to Conquer the New SAT Essay

Be prepared for the SAT essay by understanding why it’s changing and learn a few tips to get you a perfect score.

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Chris Lele

How to Improve at New SAT Writing

Improving on the SAT writing requires an understanding of not only grammar basics but also question types and answer choice traps.

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Chris Lele

New SAT Essay: Example Types to Avoid

Having a go-to list of examples to use in your redesigned SAT essay is an extremely helpful strategy. However, there are some examples you may want to think twice about using. After all, you want to submit an essay with high scoring potential, unique qualities, and low risk. Here are some things that can muddle up your essay and how you could avoid them.

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Guest Author

The 2016 SAT Update Ditched the Mandatory Essay… Why?

By Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Petersons & EssayEdge There have been a number of changes in testing since a group of American universities formed the College Entrance Examination Board, which cooked up the first standardized exam in 1901. On the original test, several of the questions involved Advanced Latin Composition and translating Cicero. In […]

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Dana Sinclair

SAT Essay Theme: Other

There are many things that can be categorized as other. Other literally is everything that doesn’t fit into a set category. When I fill out my SAT, other standardized tests, and college apps, I check off other for ethnicity, because I don’t fit into one set category (for those who are curious, I am Filipino-American aka Asian and Caucasian descendance). I’m sure many of you find yourself in the other category too.

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Elise Gout

SAT Essay Theme: Groups and Society

One of the most common first impressions to get when looking at a “Groups and Society” prompt is, “Oh boy, this could get controversial.” And you aren’t wrong. Essays of this genre definitely ask some of the tougher questions, particularly relevant and applicable to the issues of today. Now that may seem like daunting stuff…

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Chris Lele

How is the SAT essay changing?

If you’ve been watching the videos I’ve done so far on how the SAT is changing, you’ll realize that the SAT is changing an awful lot. Nowhere is this truer than the SAT essay, which is changing in so many ways it’s dizzying. To make things more digestible here is a quick breakdown of these massive changes:

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Myka Yamasaki

SAT Essay Theme: The Changing World

This is a post on the SAT essay theme, The Changing World. It is one of many helpful posts on what to do when you encounter certain SAT essay themes as a part of Magoosh’s 10 SAT Essay Theme Guides! So what does ‘The Changing World’ even mean? To give you an idea here are […]

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Tanya Shah

Think Outside the Box: Examples in Your SAT Essay

Why not dip into some entirely different categories? Come up with a few of these for your Idea Bank; you don’t need to conduct extensive research. Just know what it is and know the key details.

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Nadira Berman

SAT Essay Theme: Knowledge

Hello! And welcome to the latest installment of our SAT Essay Theme Guide series. Today, we tackle SAT essays about knowledge. Since you’re reading an SAT blog, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re pretty familiar with the acquisition of knowledge. It’s why we go to high school and it’s why we’re applying to […]

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