Sat January 2013 Essay

June 1, 2013 – SAT Essay Prompts

Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in June 2013.

Prompt 1

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

Our cherished notions of what is equal and what is fair frequently conflict. Democracy presumes that we are all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every contest would end in a tie. We talk about a level playing field, but it is difficult to make conditions equal for everyone without being unfair to some.

Adapted from Nancy Gibbs, “Cool Running”

Assignment: Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone? 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.

Many colleges now offer courses in which students study television programs, comic books, magazines, advertising, and other aspects of popular culture. Critics complain that schools should not replace serious literature and history courses with such fluff. They claim that courses in popular culture present material that is trivial and inconsequential. But the study of popular culture can be just as important, demanding, and instructive as the study of traditional subjects.

Assignment: Can the study of popular culture be as valuable as the study of traditional literary and historical subjects? 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.

Many voters think that integrity and character are the most important qualifications for political office. I disagree. Integrity—the quality of standing up for the same values in every situation—is not a good qualification for getting people to work together. Strongly held morals may make a candidate too inflexible and incapable of negotiation. And if character were really so important, candidates would be judged by their personal relationships rather than by their ability to deal with a community’s or a nation’s problems.

Adapted from Stanley Fish, “Integrity or Craft: The Leadership Question”

Assignment: Is strong moral character the most important qualification for a leader? 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

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

Thanks to the Internet, people have more access to more information than at any other time in history. People can instantly find information on almost any topic in the time it takes to type a couple of words and click a mouse. But we often know so little about the source of this information, including its reliability and the qualifications of the person who wrote it. If we do not know its source, information is not much good to us.

Assignment: Do people need to know the source of any information before they use 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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Historical test dates for the SAT are important for many accurate records.  However, the College Board at this point doesn't maintain an easy database of SAT dates for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and so forth.  We at PrepScholar have done the hard work to dig up the old records. See below!

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School Year of 2014-2015

The source for this year was Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 11, 2014Sep 12, 2014Sep 26, 2014
Nov 1, 2014Oct 3, 2014Oct 17, 2014
Dec 6, 2014Nov 7, 2014Nov 21, 2014
Jan 24, 2015Dec 26, 2014Jan 9, 2015
Mar 7, 2015Feb 6, 2015Feb 20, 2015
May 2, 2015Apr 3, 2015Apr 17, 2015
Jun 6, 2015May 8, 2015May 22, 2015

  

School Year of 2013-2014 

The source for this year was Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 5, 2013Sep 6, 2013Sep 20, 2013
Nov 2, 2013Oct 4, 2013Oct 18, 2013
Dec 7, 2013Nov 8, 2013Nov 22, 2013
Jan 25, 2014Dec 27, 2013Jan 10, 2014
Mar 8, 2014Feb 7, 2014Feb 21, 2014
May 3, 2014Apr 4, 2014Apr 18, 2014
Jun 7, 2014May 9, 2014May 23, 2014

 

 

More Years Below!

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School Year of 2012-2013

The source for this year was Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 6, 2012Sep 7, 2012Sep 21, 2012
Nov 3, 2012Oct 4, 2012Oct 19, 2012
Dec 1, 2012Nov 1, 2012Nov 16, 2012
Jan 26, 2013Dec 28, 2012Jan 11, 2013
Mar 9, 2013Feb 8, 2013Feb 22, 2013
May 4, 2013Apr 5, 2013Apr 19, 2013
Jun 1, 2013May 2, 2013May 17, 2013

 

School Year of 2011-2012

The source for this year was a trusted institutional source secondarily based on Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 1, 2011Sep 9, 2011Sep 21, 2011
Nov 5, 2011Oct 7, 2011Oct 21, 2011
Dec 3, 2011Nov 8, 2011Nov 20, 2011
Jan 28, 2012Dec 30, 2012Jan 13, 2012
Mar 10, 2012Feb 10, 2012Feb 24, 2012
May 5, 2012Apr 6, 2012Apr 20, 2012
Jun 2, 2012May 8, 2012May 22, 2012

 

School Year of 2010-2011

The source for this year was a trusted institutional source secondarily based on Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 9, 2010Sep 10, 2010Sep 24, 2010
Nov 6, 2010Oct 8, 2010Oct 22, 2010
Dec 4, 2010Nov 5, 2010Nov 19, 2010
Jan 22, 2011Dec 23, 2011Jan 7, 2011
Mar 12, 2011Feb 11, 2011Feb 25, 2011
May 7, 2011Apr 8, 2011Apr 22, 2011
Jun 4, 2011May 6, 2011May 20, 2011

 

School Year of 2009-2010

The source for this year was a trusted secondary school institutional source secondarily based on Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 10, 2009Sep 9, 2009Sep 23, 2009
Nov 7, 2009Oct 1, 2009Oct 15, 2009
Dec 5, 2009Oct 30, 2009Nov 12, 2009
Jan 23, 2010Dec 15, 2009Dec 30, 2009
Mar 13, 2010Feb 4, 2010Feb 18, 2010
May 1, 2010Mar 25, 2010Apr 8, 2010
Jun 5, 2010Apr 29, 2010May 13, 2010

 

School Year of 2008-2009

The source for this year was a trusted collegiate institutional source secondarily based on Official College Board data.

Test DateNormal RegLate Reg
Oct 4, 2008Sep 9, 2008Sep 16, 2008
Nov 1, 2008Sep 26, 2008Oct 10, 2008
Dec 6, 2008Nov 5, 2008Nov 18, 2008
Jan 24, 2009Dec 26, 2008Jan 6, 2009
Mar 14, 2009Feb 10, 2009Feb 24, 2009
May 2, 2009Mar 31, 2009Apr 9, 2009
Jun 6, 2009May 5, 2009May 15, 2009

 

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