October 2011 Sat Essay Prompts 2015

Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in December 5, 2015.

Prompt 1

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
We all need role models to look up to and heroes to admire. Whether through their excellence on the playing field, the courage they show performing extraordinary feats, or the self-sacrifice they demonstrate helping others, heroes provide us with examples of the best that humanity can achieve. But admiring role models or heroes unquestioningly is dangerous because they are only human and will ultimately fail in some way or another, and in doing so they will betray the trust we have placed in them.

Assignment: Is it dangerous to look up to role models and heroes? 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.
Originality is widely regarded as an extremely valuable attribute. People are praised for the originality of their ideas in a wide range of endeavors, from the arts to politics to science. For the same reason, people are criticized for failing to be original. But the belief that originality is something to be prized above all else is a misguided one. Most of the best ideas have already been thought of, and we ignore them at our own peril.

Assignment: Is originality overrated? 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.
Most people would say that there is a clear difference between right and wrong. But, according to some, the idea that there is such a thing as absolute right or absolute wrong is misguided. Most of the time, what is right and what is wrong must be determined more by context than by the application of absolute rules. What is right in one situation may be wrong in another, just as what is wrong in one context may be perfectly appropriate in another.

Assignment: Do the notions of right and wrong depend more on the situation than on absolute principles? 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 4

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

Prompt 1

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

Some people say that leaders are most effective when they are unwilling to compromise. Leaders who refuse to yield are likely to gain the respect of others because they stay true to their beliefs despite fierce opposition. Other people say that leaders are most effective when they are willing to compromise. Leaders who are willing to compromise, they argue, find better solutions to problems because they can understand different perspectives.

 

Assignment: Are leaders more effective when they are willing to compromise? 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.

Today many young people spend their time developing one special talent. But such devotion to a single special ability or skill, whether in the arts, in sports, or in any other area, may not be a good idea. While the challenge of becoming an expert is exciting and can lead to extraordinary rewards, narrowly focusing one’s efforts limits new experiences and meaningful interactions with people who have other interests.

 

Assignment: Should young people focus their efforts on developing just one talent? 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.

There are books that try to show the world as it is and books that try to show the world as it should or could be. Which sort of books should we be offering children and reading ourselves? One answer is the argument for the value of truth, for “telling it like it is.” Writers could promote certain positive ideals by being less realistic, but all of us—especially children—have a right to be told the truth.

Adapted from Claudia Mills, “The Ethics of Representation: Realism and Idealism in Children’s Fiction”

Assignment: Should books portray the world as it is or as it should be? 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 4

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