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SAT Essay Prompts

Essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration

Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in March 2015.

Prompt 1

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

Self-discipline is what allows you to say "no" and to resist doing things that might make you happy but are bad for you. Self-discipline is like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. But what is so wonderful about such self-control? Life is short, so why deny yourself the little pleasures and indulgences that make you happy? Self-discipline serves only to take the joy out of life.

Assignment: Should people who are more fortunate than others have more of a moral obligation to help those who are less fortunate? 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.

Prompt 2

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

Many people have said at one time or another that a book or a movie or even a song has changed their lives. But this type of statement is merely an exaggeration. Such works of art, no matter how much people may love them, do not have the power to change lives. They can entertain, or inform, but they have no lasting impact on people's lives.

Assignment: Do works of art have the power to change people's lives? 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.

Prompt 3

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

Is it necessary for people to combine their efforts with those of others in order to be most effective? 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.

Adapted from Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Assignment: Can people have too much enthusiasm? 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.

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