Should You Take The New SAT Essay?

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Because the New 1600 SAT Essay is optional, students are under the impression that they do not have to take it. However, if you are a Prep Expert student, you must take the New SAT Essay.

Let’s discuss why it’s in your best interest to take the new SAT essay instead of skipping it.

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Why You Should Take The New SAT Essay

A perfect case study that demonstrates why you need to take the New SAT with Essay is actually the ACT.

The ACT has been essay-optional for many years now. However, most competitive colleges require that students who take the ACT submit their ACT score WITH essay.

Essentially, competitive colleges are not going to let you skip the essay portion of these exams. Because most Prep Expert students are applying to competitive colleges, I suggest that all students go ahead and complete the essay portion of the SAT.

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school who doesn’t know exactly what colleges you will apply to your senior year, you should be on the safe side and take the SAT Essay.

The last thing you would want to happen is to take the SAT without essay now, then come senior year, you find out a college you are applying to requires the SAT with essay.

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How Hard Is The New SAT Essay

The New SAT Essay is easy to prep for.

The College Board made many changes to the New SAT Essay in order to make it less easy to game. Many test prep companies (especially Prep Expert) had figured out how to game the old 2400 version of the SAT Essay.

Therefore, the College Board went back to the drawing board and redesigned the SAT Essay hoping that it would not be as “preppable” as before. However, I would argue that the new SAT Essay is actually easier to prep for than ever. So there’s really no reason to not take it.

How The New SAT Essay Prepares You For College

Finally, the New SAT Essay is also helpful to prep for.

When you prepare for the SAT Essay, you will see benefits far beyond just the test. You will:

  • Learn to use larger vocabulary words effectively
  • Learn how to develop an analysis more effectively
  • Learn to write faster
  • Learn how to organize a coherent composition

All of these skills will help you with other essays. You will suddenly score higher on your high school English class essays.

You will be better able to compose essays for other high school standardized exams (SAT Subject Exams, AP Exams, ACT, etc.). You will even be able to write better essays for future standardized exams.

For example, I got a perfect score on my GMAT essay simply because I used Prep Expert Essay Strategies! You will craft better college admissions essays. You will write better scholarship essays.

And your essays in college will become easier to write. With all of these benefits, there really is no excuse for skipping SAT Essay prep.

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New SAT Essay FAQ

Do you have to take the new SAT Essay?

The New SAT Essay is entirely optional on test day. But there are many beneficial reasons to take it.

Is the new SAT Essay difficult?

The New SAT Essay is easy to prep for. The College Board made many changes to the New SAT Essay in order to make it less easy to game.

Why did the College Board change the SAT Essay?

Many test prep companies had figured out how to game the old 2400 version of the SAT Essay. Therefore, the College Board went back to the drawing board and redesigned the SAT Essay hoping that it would not be as “preppable” as before.

What are benefits of taking the new SAT Essay?

You will learn how to use larger vocabulary words effectively. You will learn how to develop an analysis more effectively. You will learn how to write faster. You will learn how to organize a coherent composition.

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