Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration inNovember 7, 2015.

Prompt 1

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

Society places great value on being well-informed. People who keep up with current events in their communities and the world at large are generally proud of their knowledge. But often the news is bad, and, worse still, we usually cannot do anything to change the situations or circumstances we learn about. In that case, isn’t it better not to know what’s going on?

 

Assignment: Is it better not to know what is going on if we cannot do anything about 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.

Prompt 2

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

The common idea that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion is just plain wrong. People often voice opinions that are based on emotion rather than logic. Such opinions may reveal a serious ignorance of the facts. Of course, free expression should not be suppressed, but factually incorrect opinions are not worthy of respect, no matter how passionately they are uttered.

 

Assignment: Are emotionally based opinions worthy of respect? 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.

Most people believe that individuals should be judged strictly by their actions. If their actions have negative results, it does not matter whether they meant to do good. Other people, however, believe that individuals with good intentions should not be judged as harshly as those who deliberately intend to do something bad. After all, motivations should be taken into account when people’s actions are being judged.

Assignment: Do good intentions matter, or should people be judged only according to the results of their actions? 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

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