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Perfect Scoring Sat Essay

I improved my SAT score from average to perfect when I was in high school. Learning how to write a rock-solid SAT Essay was one of the keys to getting a perfect score on the SAT. The College Board, the company that publishes the SAT, gives you a copy of your SAT essay when you get your score back. Below is an exact copy of the SAT Essay I wrote when I got a perfect score on the SAT in high school. If you are intimidated by the essay, don’t worry. In high school, I was not a good writer until I learned many strategies to ace the SAT Essay through focused preparation for this exam.

Perfect Score SAT Essay

The presupposition that it is necessary and important to challenge the tenets of those with authority is an absolute truth. Although some naive critics would argue that those in power are impeccable, they are too dogmatic in their provincial ideology. Three classic archetypes that show why questioning power is important are Vincent Bugliosi’s The Betrayal of America, George Orwell’s 1984, and the current state of conditions in North Korea.

In The Betrayal of America , Bugliosi engenders a compelling argument which justifies how challenging authority, in this case The Supreme Court,  is not only important but also necessary. He questions the basis of the Bush v. Gore Ruling on December 11, 2000 which ruled that a recount

in Florida violated the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment rendering all undervotes in Florida impotent. This inevitably handed the election to George Bush. Bugliosi makes point after point on how this decision was politically motivated by the far right wing and clearly absurd. For example, the five conservative justices would have never stopped a recount if it would have favored Gore, and they most certainly do not favor the equal protection clause unless it is to shoot down affirmative action plans. Not to mention they included a clause that made Bush v. Gore the only Supreme Court case to ever not be referenced again. Even in a society as judicial as our own and a matter as large as the  presidency, Bugliosi proves that those in authority must be challenged due to their sometimes ludicrous and self-interested decisions.

Another paradigm which exemplifies the significance of impeaching authority can be seen in the protagonist Winston in 1984 . Although Winston is a member of the Outer Party, he still rebels silently by writing his journal in his room against the Inner Party. He is unable to quite  comprehend the injustices and machinations inflicted upon him because  of his lack of memory. Nevertheless, he knows that there were better times before and rebels against the authority of the Inner Party. He tries to join the underground society dedicated to undermining the party by  contacting “leader” O’Brien, he makes love, and even visits an antique store where the proles live for privacy! His actions, although unknown to him, are important because they gradually pick at the Inner Party’s authority even though he fails at the end.

A modern day 1984 with plenty of rebels taking action can be found in North Korea. The proletariat of North Korea is left desolate and isolated from the globe. They are unable to use cell phones, have no connection through the internet to the outside world, and the media is controlled by the government to keep them ignorant. However, this ignorance of utter depravity where people lie pallid and dead on the sidewalk will soon be vindicated by rebels who videotape these atrocities. Hopefully their significant challenge to authority will be successful.

Ultimately, the impeachment of authority is always necessary and proper to fight against tyranny. However, even if not successful, challenging innate injustices imbedded in society is nevertheless important.

For many students, writing the perfect SAT essay can be a struggle. With less time than students are used to on traditional writing assignments, and the pressure of testing day, writing the SAT essay can be a challenge. In order to give you the best shot at a perfect SAT writing score, we’ve compiled 5 tried and true methods that are sure to impress the graders!


  • Read the rubrics.  The SAT publishes its rubrics and scoring rationales here. This is great because test takers can see exactly what the evaluators are looking for when they review essays.
  • Always stick to your thesis. Too often, issues are less black and white than they may seem, causing students to waver on their position throughout the essay. However, when writing an argumentative essay, you must stick to your position. Though you may consider an opposing viewpoint, then defend it, your essay will not score well if you waver on your overall position. Choose a clear thesis, and stick with it.
  • Practice timed essays. In most English classes, essays are done outside of class without much of a time limit. Thus, students are often thrown off when they’re asked to write with the little time available on the SAT. In order to prepare for the SAT writing section, you must learn to write under pressure. Next time you practice for the SAT, set a timer, and stick to it.
  • Ensure that your handwriting is illegible. Though SAT has a strict policy barring the graders from docking you points from poor handwriting, often times graders are unable to read essays. If it’s not possible for them to do so, your essay scores will most certainly suffer. Additionally, many studies suggest that without realizing it, graders tend to score nicely-written essays better scores than sloppier work.
  • Take the time to proofread. While total perfection is not expected on a timed essay, the rubrics are clear that conventions, or grammar, cannot be distracting from your writing. For example, while a comma error or two won’t hurt you, any errors that make it difficult to understand your writing will undoubtedly cause you to lose points.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to a perfect SAT essay! Good luck!


Haydn is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studies English Education. He is currently accepting students via chegg.com.


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