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SAT Essay

Once upon a time, long, long ago—okay, like eight years ago—there was a section on the SAT called "Analogies." Ask anybody who took the test back then and you're likely to encounter some lingering trauma. "Supercilious" is to "haughty" as "gregarious" is to… whaaaaat?

To put it bluntly: analogies were hated by one and all. Teachers hated teaching them. Students hated learning them. The College Board eventually realized that the section was pointless and didn't give a good indication of how ready a student was for college. Their solution? Guillotine Analogies and bring on the Essay! It was like the French Revolution, but way less bloody.

You may be thinking, "I have to write an essay on the SAT? Yuck." Trust us. It could be much, much worse. In fact, you should view the Essay as just about the best thing on the SAT, for two big reasons:

1The SAT Essay is something you can prepare for in advance. That's right: you can actually study for it, and we will give you all the tips and tools you need to get yourself ready for test day.

2There is no right (or wrong) answer. There will be a prompt question, of course, but it will be the kind of prompt where the possibilities are endless and almost any thoughtful, well-structured essay can get a good score. The Essay is your time to shine, to show the reader a glimpse of all the amazing, useful knowledge swimming around in that brain of yours with other, much less useful knowledge like how many marshmallows you can stuff in your mouth at one time.


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