WSAT Sample Question One

Write an essay on ONE of the topics listed below. PLEASE USE A PEN.

You will have 75 minutes to complete the essay. Within the 75 minutes allowed you must:

  • use some of this time to plan before you begin to write your essay.
  • allow time at the end to proofread and revise your essay.

You may write an outline or notes on the sheet provided in your booklet, and you may use a dictionary and thesaurus.

Remember that a good essay usually has the following:

  • several paragraphs
  • good organization
  • well-supported opinions


  1. A recent study indicated that 95 percent of criminals in Illinois jails are high school dropouts. Partly as a result of this study, a bill is being proposed in the Illinois legislature to raise the required high school attendance age from 16 to 18. Write an essay in which you try to convince high school students that raising the legal dropout age is or is not a good idea.
  1. Some people believe that kissing and hugging are not acceptable behavior in public. Others feel that kissing and hugging are a natural expression of human emotion. Write an essay in which you convince your fellow students that public displays of affection should or should not be allowed at Oakton.

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