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The Common Application 2011-12 Preview

The 2011-12 Common Application has not changed significantly since the 2010-11 school year. The essay section now has a word limit of 250-500 words. You can also write an additional essay if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application.

Here’s a link to the preview application. The online application will officially launch on August 1.

SAT Sample Prompts

One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT writing test is to practice writing. Remember, you are being asked to present and support your point of view, using examples and evidence from your experience, reading, etc. Try these sample prompts to get yourself started. If you need help preparing for the SAT writing test, contact us!

The samples below come directly from the College Board, which administers the SAT. Read more

ACT Sample Prompts

One of the best ways to prepare for the ACT writing test is to practice writing. The prompt describes an issue that is relevant to a high schooler’s life, then asks the student to write about the issue from his or her own perspective.  You can write what you really think or you can argue another viewpoint.

Try the sample prompts below to get yourself started. If you want more prompts or need help preparing for the ACT writing test, contact us! Read more

You Can Prepare for the ACT Writing Test

In preparation for the ACT, many students take classes, work with tutors and read books full of tips.

But they don’t practice writing.

At Wow Writing Workshop, we believe you really can prepare for the timed writing test. It need not overwhelm you. Wow has an ACT writing class scheduled at Berkley High School Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m., and we’re available for private consults.

Whether you are signed up for the April 9 exam or you are not taking the test until June or later, here are some tips to take the edge off.

Tip 1: Understand the exam: The ACT writing test requires you to take a position and support it with examples in a clear, focused manner. This is not a creative writing exam; it is an opportunity to show that you can organize your thoughts and express yourself on paper.

Tip 2: Keep up with current events: Read the newspaper, listen to news analysis, and discuss pertinent issues with family and friends. Debate both sides, regardless of your position.

Tip 3: Identify the thesis: Find the thesis in each article or analysis. Write it down. How would you defend that thesis? What is the counter-argument? How would you defend it? Read more

ACT and SAT Essay Tests: Understanding the Prompt

Did you know the SAT and ACT essay tests are not just writing tests?

They are thinking tests, designed to evaluate how quickly you can organize your thoughts and get a first draft down on paper.  While you need to follow the rules of written English,  the real challenge comes in using your time wisely and expressing your thoughts clearly. Read more