Currently, only 25 colleges and universities require the SAT essay.
You can find a searchable list of school requirements for the essay here .
Your essay score will appear on every score report you send to colleges, regardless of whether or not the school requires an essay.
Here are 5 tips for writing a killer SAT essay, should you decide to add on that section: The thing to remember here is that ETS (the company that writes the test) is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text. Unfortunately, this is one occasion where your skill with a pencil matters. If they cannot decipher your script, they will lower your score. Remember the basic essay structure you learned in school: introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion? Your introduction should describe the text and paraphrase the argument being made, as well as introduce the specific elements of the passage and argument that you will discuss in the essay.
Research the universities to which you’re planning on applying ahead of time so you know whether or not you’ll need an SAT essay score for your application.
But better yet, just plan on taking the SAT Essay any time you take the official exam.
When it was first added to the general SAT in 2005, it was an opinion-based essay.
However, when the SAT changed in 2016, the SAT became an analytical essay.
Here’s what you’ll see on the essay portion of the SAT. The prompt (question) shown below, or a nearly identical one, is used for every essay question.
First there’s a passage for you to read and analyze. Write an essay in which you explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience that [author’s claim].