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SAT Essay: History

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When choosing historical individuals for your SAT essay, it is best to avoid some of the biggest names in history: Adolf Hitler, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.  Why?  Well, those are the names that students who are unprepared will think of first.  You want your thoughts to stand out and be original, not sound like thousands of other essays.  That said, if you have a particular interest in one of these people, you can still use them as one of your five historical examples.  Instead of focusing on the person as a whole, focus on a certain event in their lives, something that will add to the information that most students know.

Most students know that George Washington was an inspirational leader who did not aspire to kingship.  Most students do not know the specific details about how he distinguished himself early in his career.  Take a look at these historical documents.  On June 15, 1775, Washington was unanimously selected as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.  Why?  Did he react in the way that you expected?  Look for specific themes in this story as well as details.  What conclusions can you draw about how Washington and others around him made their decisions?  What do leaders need in order to be successful?

SAT Question of the Day

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ACT Question of the Day

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