The essay that each school requests may differ from school-to-school or program-to program; some may even ask for more than one essay. Before you begin to write, read and reread the essay directions on the application for the school and the specific department to which you are applying. While some programs leave the content of the essay fairly broad, others may place specific content and length restrictions on it. Make sure to have a good idea of the topic that you are being asked to write about.
So the essay graders are your customers. You want to give them an essay that tastes just like what they’re expecting. How are you supposed to know what they’reexpecting? You can learn exactly what SAT essay-graders expect by looking at two very important guidelines: the actual SAT essay directions and the grading criteria that the SAT gives the graders.
“Handout: Expository Essay Outline Directions”