The SAT Essay I Wrote When I Got a Perfect SAT Score

SAT Essay

I improved my SAT score from average to perfect when I was in high school. Learning how to write a rock-solid SAT Essay was one of the keys to getting a perfect score on the SAT. The College Board, the company that publishes the SAT, gives you a copy of your SAT essay when you get your score back. Below is an exact copy of the SAT Essay I wrote when I got a perfect score on the SAT in high school. If you are intimidated by the essay, don’t worry. In high school, I was not a good writer until I learned many strategies to ace the SAT Essay through focused preparation for this exam.

Perfect Score SAT Essay

The presupposition that it is necessary and important to challenge the tenets of those with authority is an absolute truth. Although some naive critics would argue that those in power are impeccable, they are too dogmatic in their provincial ideology. Three classic archetypes that show why questioning power is important are Vincent Bugliosi’s The Betrayal of America, George Orwell’s 1984, and the current state of conditions in North Korea.

In The Betrayal of America , Bugliosi engenders a compelling argument which justifies how challenging authority, in this case The Supreme Court,  is not only important but also necessary. He questions the basis of the Bush v. Gore Ruling on December 11, 2000 which ruled that a recount

in Florida violated the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment rendering all undervotes in Florida impotent. This inevitably handed the election to George Bush. Bugliosi makes point after point on how this decision was politically motivated by the far right wing and clearly absurd. For example, the five conservative justices would have never stopped a recount if it would have favored Gore, and they most certainly do not favor the equal protection clause unless it is to shoot down affirmative action plans. Not to mention they included a clause that made Bush v. Gore the only Supreme Court case to ever not be referenced again. Even in a society as judicial as our own and a matter as large as the  presidency, Bugliosi proves that those in authority must be challenged due to their sometimes ludicrous and self-interested decisions.

Another paradigm which exemplifies the significance of impeaching authority can be seen in the protagonist Winston in 1984 . Although Winston is a member of the Outer Party, he still rebels silently by writing his journal in his room against the Inner Party. He is unable to quite  comprehend the injustices and machinations inflicted upon him because  of his lack of memory. Nevertheless, he knows that there were better times before and rebels against the authority of the Inner Party. He tries to join the underground society dedicated to undermining the party by  contacting “leader” O’Brien, he makes love, and even visits an antique store where the proles live for privacy! His actions, although unknown to him, are important because they gradually pick at the Inner Party’s authority even though he fails at the end.

A modern day 1984 with plenty of rebels taking action can be found in North Korea. The proletariat of North Korea is left desolate and isolated from the globe. They are unable to use cell phones, have no connection through the internet to the outside world, and the media is controlled by the government to keep them ignorant. However, this ignorance of utter depravity where people lie pallid and dead on the sidewalk will soon be vindicated by rebels who videotape these atrocities. Hopefully their significant challenge to authority will be successful.

Ultimately, the impeachment of authority is always necessary and proper to fight against tyranny. However, even if not successful, challenging innate injustices imbedded in society is nevertheless important.

Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation (formerly 2400 Expert), a #1 bestselling SAT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods in an online SAT prep class.