A “duh” tip #5

December 18, 2006 at 9:40 am 2 comments

Posted by Dee 

Because it may not be obvious to all, it is indeed OK to lie in your SAT essay.

Yes, the word ‘lie’ does have a negative connotation; it’s something you’re not supposed to do, right?

But for the purposes of the SAT essay, they don’t care if everything you say is 100% true; they are merely trying to measure your writing ability and score it.

So, while it’s not okay to cheat, it is okay to reflect on the time you learned a particular valuable lesson while away at summer camp in Massachusetts, even if you never have actually been. If a specific made-up story helps you get your point across to the SAT graders, then story-tell to your heart’s content!


Entry filed under: ACT, Cheat, Massachusetts, Merit, SAT, Summer, Technique, Testing, Tips/Tricks, Writing.

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  • 1. Yvonne  |  December 22, 2006 at 1:00 am

    hey, i’m an international student currently but my dad will be working in the states (CA) starting Oct 07 on a H1 visa. if i’m thinking of applying for a state university (UC), can i apply for in-state tuition fees? and will my chances of getting a scholarship be higher?

    also, i got a score of 780 for math, 750 for verbal, and 640 for writing on the recent reasoning test. should i take it again? is it good enough for a place in UC berkeley?

    in the recent subject tests, i got 750 for bio E and 770 for chem, and i’ll be taking math 2 next jan. is it a competitive score for applying to a prestigous course in UC (say, science major or business)?

  • 2. Joe  |  December 29, 2006 at 10:21 am


    This questions is about the ivies. I sent in my secondary school report, but forgot to send in the official transcripts with them. Is it okay to send them in separately?


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