The SAT essay has undergone a complete transformation. No longer is a student expected to argue on a philosophical topic such as “Honesty is not always the best policy”. Now the essay tests skills that a high school student is expected to have mastered to present an analysis of a written extract.

In brief, the student is expected to within 50 minutes

The Essay is the first section of the SAT. It is an important component of the Writing section of the SAT and comprises about 30 percent of the overall Writing score.

  • Read the extract in detail and glean the main ideas from the passage.

  • Analyze the stylistic and linguistic devices used by the author to present ideas.

  • To cogently present this analysis in a well constructed essay.

    The essay will now feature at the end of the test since it is an optional item.

    To know more about the format and to read sample prompts and essays released by the College Board click here