SAT essays are designated as the fourth section of the examination. Since 2016, it has been declared as optional, however, certain institutions are still known to consider it compulsory for granting admission. Students willing to take admission in the very institutions should thoroughly prepare themselves for attempting the essay writing section.

The two most important things to be kept in mind are the rules and the format for essay writing in SAT 2018. However, some last hour preparation by browsing through a few sample essays proves to be of umpteenth benefit for the students who are willing to appear.

Samples Of Evidence

The use of evidence is a very basic form of explaining the claim in a given passage, as it provides a direct explanation of the subject. This is usually achieved in two ways:

  • Statistics

The easiest way to identify statistical evidence is to locate the given numbers or percentages that directly link to the passage. For example:

‘Global warming is causing the temperatures to rise at an alarming rate. If the situation continues without any pause, the 21st century is expected to witness an approximate rise of 0.2 to 0.3m in the sea levels.’

Use of statistical evidence has a superior application because of the fact that the passage is not made up of false pillars but is based on statistical proof. This also helps the reader form a clear argument to explain the claim, in detail.

  • Anecdotes 

Anecdotes are short stories about real incidents or situations which may or may not be true. For example:

‘After a tiring day at work, we sat at the bank of Ganges in search of solitude. Our return was scheduled within a few hours and we had no time left to explore the beauty of the city. However, as the sun lowered itself, the cool breeze called for hopping into the boats for a ride across the majestic river. What followed next, still remains etched in our memory forever. The setting sun had summoned thousands of tourists, to gather at the banks and boats, who with folded hands stood witness to an echo of mantras chanted by devotional priests with flares of fire in hand, rhythmic beating of huge bells and an aesthetic aura of faith that had brought tears in our eyes.’

Such explanations of real (or seemingly real) situations have an impressive impact on the minds of people which facilitate the writers to dive into the depth of the content and portray the argument in a genuine way.

  • ‌Using Counter-Arguments

Counter-arguments are a contrasting set of two or more phrases that surface the opposing view against the author’s personal judgment.

This can be understood by quoting ‘The Digital Parent Trap’ by:

“You could say some computer games develop creativity,” says Lucy Wurtz, an administrator at the Waldorf School in Los Altos, Calif., minutes from Silicon Valley. “But I don’t see any benefit. Waldorf kids knit and build things and paint—a lot of really practical and creative endeavors.”

Such a phrase persuades the readers to not stick to any one argument. It also gives a fair chance of explaining both the perspective as is required in the question.

  • Vivid Language

Vivid Language finds a significant application in the passages which do not have any clear mention of facts and statistical records. It can be found in the form of metaphors, or similes which are not genuinely used for functional purposes.

For example:

“The fraud was finally behind the bars. All this time, he used to suck money out of innocent people like a demonically possessed vacuum tube”.

The above-mentioned phrase of “demonically possessed vacuum tube” outshines in the entire sentence shaping human as a cruel and destructive criminal in the imagination of the reader.


Hence, a varied number of formats are extracted from the above-mentioned examples, which can be used by the writer to put forward an excellent argument with respect to the passage. The key is to genuinely and obediently abide by the requirement of the question which has been asked. Following these writing styles, you’ll excel in  SAT 2018 essays definitely.