New SAT EssayThe New SAT Essay is 50 minutes. This is twice the time allocated to the earlier essay. It is clear that this is a more substantial task.
OptionalThough the New SAT Essay is optional and scored independently of other components (good news), we suspect universities will really like the New SAT Essay and will make it mandatory. Many already have. For example, the UCs (California State Universities). Use this link to see which universities want to see the New SAT Essay.
How Best To PrepareThis form of writing will not be learnt in a test prep which, in limited time, has to work on Math, Reading and English. Most test prep services will allocate a couple of hours to the essay. This will not be sufficient if a student is not familiar with rhetorical analysis. On the other hands, students taking English literature or AP English will find themselves at home if they like this form of writing at school.
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