SAT Essay Test : Lead By Examples

Right at the onset, let’s get this clear – SAT is meant to gauge your writing skills and not knowledge of any singular subject. That’s why essay prompts on SAT tests are fairly open-minded and deal with philosophical, social, moral and psychological issues.

If you want to do well in the SAT essay test, it’s a good idea to pre-plan the examples and evidence you want to offer. It’s considered a smart strategy to have a collection of examples that can answer various prompts because it reduces planning time and gives you more time to write.

Choosing the Examples

It’s important to realize that essay prompts cover some fairly common areas, which means you can have an idea of what you can expect when you open the test booklet.

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Personal examples are as valid as academic examples, and you can choose those that you are most comfortable with. Language buffs can opt for examples from Literature, news fans can go for current affairs’ examples, etc.

How to tackle Examples from different genres


Let’s look at cult classic, Frankenstein, a short novel by Mary Shelley that was published in 1818 anonymously. It’s the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who creates artificial life, which takes form of a monster. It wanders the world, rejected and lonely, kills the doctor’s brother, and wife. Frankenstein sets out to find the monster to kill it and dies in the process.

The novel can be used to support the argument “is self-knowledge the result of adversity?” because the doctor understands the horror of his decision after people are killed. It stands by the “Success can be disastrous” idea as Frankenstein has to sacrifice his all. Morality – it stems from doctor’s decision to follow his obsession, which clouds his judgment.

American History

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki in Japan during the Second World War is well known. They took place on 6th and 9th of August 1945 and led to surrender of Japan, but there were hundreds of thousands of casualties. The impact of the bombing and radiation lasted for years.

  • Can Knowledge be a burden? Scientists who had worked on the Atomic bomb had signed the Szilard petition that urged President Truman to not use the bomb without warning. It showed its possible impact had burdened their being.
  • Morality – can good choices have devastating consequences? The bombing caused massive causalities, but if it hadn’t happened many more Americans and Japanese would have lost their lives in warfare.
  • Should all Opinions be weighed equally or informed ones matter more? Informed opinion makes a huge difference as seen in this case. After Pearl Harbour, Japan was enemy number one. But the scientists understood the impact the atom bomb could have. If their opinion was paid heed to and Japan was warned, there would have been fewer casualties.

These examples can be used to support several statements for a wide range of topics. Preparing them will help you take your SAT with confidence.

Also read: Five Tips For The New SAT Essay

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