New Sat Essay Sample - University at Buffalo

Thank you, Matthew, for one of the clearest descriptions of the changes to the ACT writing section I’ve read. The example you gave was very clarifying and the suggestions you offer about how to improve your score are very helpful. I have to say (as an educational consultant who works with college-bound students) the amount of analysis, planning, and writing required seems daunting. Do you think this essay question format is considerably more challenging than the previous ACT essay format? Than the new SAT essay format?

Thanks! Not yet, but I do plan on making a New SAT Essay Bootcamp during the next few months.

The educational goods that underlie the new SAT essay are clear. Much like the rest of the redesigned test, the new essay represents College Board’s desire to construct an assessment that looks and feels like rigorous post-secondary coursework. In today’s age of cynicism toward admission testing, it is not enough to have an instrument that solely successful student behavior in college; the instrument itself has to the quality of work it purports to measure. For this reason, the new essay is a more complicated (albeit, well-intentioned) undertaking for the College Board.


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You can count on seeing the same prompt no matter when you take the new SAT with Essay, but the passage will be different every time.

We included a link to a previous post that briefly analyzes the ACT essay (but not with the same depth as our ‘new SAT essay’ analysis): . We’ll be writing a more nuanced piece about the ACT essay soon. Stay tuned!


The new SAT essay is a 50-minute, optional component of the redesigned SAT, which will be introduced on the March 5th, 2016 test date. According to the College Board, “The redesigned SAT Essay closely mirrors postsecondary writing assignments.”The new SAT essay is a 50-minute, optional component of the redesigned SAT, which will be introduced on the March 5th, 2016 test date. According to the College Board, “The redesigned SAT Essay closely mirrors postsecondary writing assignments.”