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December 2012 Sat Essay Prompts 2016

Are you thinking of going to College? If you are, then you would probably need to consider taking a college admission exam like the SAT.

How to prepare for the SAT Test? Getting prepared for the SAT can be intimidating. Going through some of the information in this site will help to make it easier for you.



 

The SAT is an important test. It's different from the tests that you're used to taking in school. However, don't worry. The SAT is a predictable test and you can be well prepared through practice.

Format Changes and Tips for the New SAT starting March 2016

Free lessons, practice tests and step by step solutions to help you review the mathematics topics that are required for the new SAT mathematics sections, for March 2016 and beyond.

SAT Math Help (New, Redesigned)


Preparing for the SAT is like studying for any tests. You need to review the test's format and become familiar with its content. Getting a good study guide and working through the practice questions would definitely help. You can also receive a daily SAT question by e-mail from College Board or try out some practice questions from this site.
  • Answer some questions on PSAT and SAT.
  • Tips and strategies for the SAT.
  • Worked solutions for some SAT practice tests.
  • Meaning of some SAT vocabulary words.

SAT Tips and Strategies

Knowing some SAT tips and strategies will also help you optimize your time and avoid making unnecessary mistakes before and during the test.


SAT Practice Questions (before March 2016)

Like most of other exams, you can increase your SAT scores through practice.

Try out free SAT Practice Questions (with Hints & Solutions) - Geometry: Questions 1-5, Questions 6-10 and download our free Sample SAT Practice Test

There are many SAT study guides that have lots of questions and Practice Tests for you to attempt. The Official SAT Study Guide by Collegeboard is highly recommended because it is published by the same organization that produces the SAT Tests.

The following are worked solutions based on the The Official SAT Study Guide. The worked solutions will show you how to solve the math sections of the Eight Practice Tests questions in the book. You should attempt the questions first and then refer to the worked solutions or videos if you need any assistance.

Free Worked Solutions for the all the 8 Practice Tests.



SAT Essay Prompts (before March 2016)

The following are the SAT essay prompts or questions, ordered according to years, given by the College Board for the different test periods. Go through some of them to see the types of essay prompts you will most likely encounter. Try writing some of them following the SAT Tips For The Writing Section and SAT Tips: Essay. Start from the more recent questions.

The prompts consists of two parts: The first part is a quote that relates to the assignment. The second part is what you should write about in your assignment or essay.



A set of videos that goes through each of the 8 Practice Tests.

SAT Vocabulary

The following videos will go through some of the common vocabulary words used in the SAT.

SAT FAQs (before March 2016)

Answers to your questions about the SAT & PSAT.

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December 2009 – SAT Essay Prompt

If you took the December 2009 SAT Reasoning Test, you would have been given one of the essay prompts below:

Prompt 1
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Thanks to the Internet, the word “friendship” now has a much broader meaning. No longer are the bonds of friendship limited to telephone conversations, shared activities, or speaking face-to-face. In this day and age, very close friendships can be formed without the people ever meeting and by simply typing words on a screen. Adapted from Sharon Hendricks, “A Broader Definition of Friendship”

Assignment:
Is it easier now to form friendships than ever before? 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. An Internet phone service is offering unlimited free telephone calls for anyone who signs up. There is only one catch: the company will use software to listen to customers’ phone conversations and then send customers advertisements based on what they have been talking about. For example, if they talk about movies with their friends, advertisements for movies will appear on their computer screens. Commentators have voiced concern about customers’ giving up their privacy in exchange for phone service.

Assignment:
Should people give up their privacy in exchange for convenience or free services? 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. People are often criticized for working out their own ideas before learning all that others have discovered about a problem or subject. But those people are right; it is possible to know too much, especially at first. The time for thorough inquiry and extensive research is later, after you have made your own discoveries and come to your own conclusions. Adapted from Charles Horton Cooley, Life and the Student

Assignment:
Is it better for people to work out their own ideas on a problem or issue before learning how others have approached it? 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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