THE SAT ESSAY: JUNE 2013 PROMPTS
Choosing good illustrative examples is one of the keys to writing a successful SAT essay. Here are the three released June 2013 essay prompts. For each prompt write a thesis statement and then list 2 or 3 illustrative examples. Which prompt did you think was the easiest? The hardest?
PROMPT 1: Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?
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 unfar to some.
PROMPT 2: Can the study of popular culture be as valuable as the study of
traditional literary and historical subjects?
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 culture.
PROMPT 3: Is strong moral character the most important qualification for a leader?
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.