ACT Writing and SAT Essay Requirements Blog Post

On January 19th, 2021, College Board announced that they will no longer administer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. and that the Essay would be retired. Read our blog...

What’s a Good Essay Score? Blog Post

On January 19th, 2021, College Board announced that they will no longer administer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. and that the Essay would be retired. Read our blog...

SAT Essay Scores Explained Blog Post

On January 19th, 2021, College Board announced that they will no longer administer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. and that the Essay would be retired. Read our blog...

SAT Essay Time Management Blog Post

  50 minutes might sound like a lot when it comes to writing the SAT’s optional essay, but it’s only enough if you plan your time well.  It’s easy to…

A Bullet-Point Guide to the SAT Essay Blog Post

Whether you’re just getting started or you need a quick last-minute run-down, check out these grab-and-go guides to the most important elements of the SAT essay. Essay structure Beginning Middle...

Comparing Tasks for SAT Essay and ACT Writing Blog Post

Both the SAT and ACT once asked students to write a straightforward persuasive essay. Now, these tests have new essay requirements and prompts that are more complex in that they…

The ACT Essay: A Brand New Assignment Blog Post

Beginning this September, the ACT Writing Test essay assignment will have a new purpose, format, and scoring. But is it the impossibly difficult task that students fear it to be?…

7 Strategies for Success on the New ACT Essay Blog Post

As the Director of Curriculum at Compass, I have specific advice that I would offer to students preparing to take the new ACT Essay: #1 Breathe Seriously. Just breathe. You…

The New SAT Essay: First Look Blog Post

The new SAT essay basics The new SAT essay is a 50-minute, optional component of the redesigned SAT, which will be introduced on the March 5th, 2016 test date. According to…