SAT Essay

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Question: Do you agree that persistence is a major factor in success? And that talent genius and education play, at best, secondary roles?

Beijing has had the honor to be the first city in china to ever hold the summer Olympics. The Olympics has known to bring out the best in all athletes. As the Olympics presents these athletes with the opportunity to mark their names in history, their output in turn is a culmination of their practice, discipline and above all, their persistent determination. I strongly believe that persistence is the key to success and this can be seen through the achievements of swimmer Michael Phelps and beach volleyball duo Misty May and Karri Walsh at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Michael Phelps began swimming as a child at the age of seven. His persistence and practice helped him perfect his skill as he grew into an Olympian swimmer. At Athens in 2004, Phelps got his first taste of what it was like to be an Olympian. With his schedule jam packed with eight events,, he was determined to sweep them all in gold but came short with six gold, one silver and one bronze. Four years later, Phelps persisted and challenged himself with the same schedule he had gone though with in Athens. This time, his persistence paid off and with eight gold medals in a single Olympics, he is hailed as the greatest Olympian of all time. Persistence over came his talent and skill to have the biggest hand in granting him his victories.

Unlike Phelps, Kerri Walsh and Misty May started their Olympic careers with a well earned gold medal in Athens. But things went downhill from there. Slowly disintegrating and losing their form, they were no longer as recognized in the competitive realm. Undeterred, they persisted onwards with confidence. From August 19.2007 through the Olympic gold medal final a year later, the duo went undefeated straight through all 107 consecutive matches. Their persistence landed them two consecutive Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball, a first in the history of the sport.

The athletes overcame their difficulties not with skill alone, but also with their persistence. In the end, they savored victory with the appreciation that during all the moments when they should have given up, they chose not to.

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asked by Sahil
  1. I'd give that a 6/6. Great job!
    ("China" should be capitalized in line 3)

    I would not conclude that talent and genetics play only a secondary role in all sports (and would cite the extraordinary achievements of Jamaicans in sprints and north Africans in distance events, as examples). Nevertheless, you have earned a high score.

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    posted by drwls
  2. This essay is much better than your other practice essays.
    I'd give it a 5 -- some mechanical errors, weakly developed conclusion.

  3. Thank you!

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    posted by Sahil
  4. You're very welcome. Keep on writing!


  5. I would give you a 5 because the grammar in the writing along with the fact you should extend the conclusion.

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    posted by Varsha

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