We’re going over the three basic types of examples for the SAT essay: hypothetical, personal and academic.
“What if we combine two of them?” asks one student.
“How do you mean?” I ask, skeptically.
“Well, if we wrote about our reaction to a current event, like September 11, that would be both personal and academic, right?”
“I guess so.”
“So what happens then? Is it, like, a double-bonus score?”
I tilt my head, hands on hips. “This is the SAT. Not Words With Friends.”
For some reason, they all find this exceedingly funny.