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At Ivy Coach, our SAT tutors train our students in such a way that it doesn’t matter what the SAT essay prompt it.

On this past weekend’s SAT exam, there was an essay prompt that has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. The question related to reality television: “These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives” — as well as an assertion: “Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled…How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?”

Many students who took the exam were perturbed by the prompt because they don’t watch reality TV and so they believed that they were at an inherent disadvantage. When some kids were busy watching The Situation and Snookie, these students were busy reading Thoreau and Emerson. Why should they be penalized for this? Why should these students come away from the SAT wishing they had been watching MTV instead of reading “Walden?”

But these students are wrong. At Ivy Coach, our tutors prep students in such a way that it won’t matter what the essay prompt is. These test-takers did not have to watch hours worth of reality television in order to succeed at this essay prompt. In fact, they could have even geared their answer towards what they do know. For instance, if they indeed had read a lot of Henry David Thoreau, they could have chosen to write about how Thoreau believed news to be “clutter” and, as such, reality TV is the worst kind of clutter. SAT essay prompts can and should be prepared in advance (in your mind), before you even see the question. Our exceptional SAT tutors help students to do just that.

Said Angela Garcia, executive director of the SAT program, “[This] was intended to be relevant and to engage students, and had gone through extensive pre-testing with students and teachers. It’s really about pop culture as a reference point that they would certainly have an opinion on.”

Check out “The New York Times” article here. To read more about the SAT, check out our post about Score Choice.

If you are interested in our unique and most effective SAT Tutoring, read up on our prep services. We offer college consulting services and/or SAT/ACT tutoring. Our students who take advantage of our college consulting services often take advantage of our SAT tutoring as well.

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