The SAT has only one essay question. With preparation, you can do well on the SAT essay portion even if essay-writing isn’t your forté. You have only 25 minutes to write a well-organized, convincing argument that addresses the given prompt. As you write your SAT essay, keep in mind the following tips for success:

  • Always answer the question the SAT makers are asking in the prompt.

  • Take a recognizable stand — for, against, or some of both — in your introductory paragraph; don’t circle around the issue at hand.

  • Jot down ideas and organize your thoughts before you start writing on the answer sheet.

  • Write with a No. 2 pencil.

  • Make sure your handwriting is readable.