January 2011 - SAT Essay Prompts

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Essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in January 2011.

January 2011 – SAT Essay Prompt 

If you took the Jaunary 2011 SAT, you would have been given one of the essay  prompts below: 

Prompt 1

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

Idealistic people, people who pursue great ideas in hopes of changing the world, often have ambitious plans that are difficult or even impossible to carry out. These  people can claim few solid accomplishments. In contrast, practical people  concentrate on workable ideas and goals, even though these may not meet an  idealist's high standards. Their approach is likely to be more valuable than the  approach of idealistic people. 

Assignment:

Is an idealistic approach less valuable than a practical approach  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. 

People generally put more trust in what they have learned for themselves than in  what they learn from others. Few people, however, are really motivated to learn  anything on their own. They are much more apt to learn when others are willing to  teach them. Even though learning from others means occasionally learning things  that are not useful or important, people are still better off when they learn from  others 

Assignment:

Is it better for people to learn from others than to learn on their own  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. 

Too many people do not consider their task or project complete or acceptable until  every detail has been done right. Fortunately, such people have not always had their  way, since nothing would ever be completed if we had to check every detail before  we could consider our work done. In fact, none of the world's greatest  accomplishments would have been made, because none of them is perfect in every  detail. 

Assignment:

Do people put too much importance on getting every detail right on a project or  task  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.

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