I struggle a lot with coming up with good pieces of evidence for essay prompts. Do you recommend I just research a copious amount of “could be” pieces of evidence? And what do you recommend doing if, while taking the SAT, you can not think of sufficient pieces of evidence for the prompt? I personally hate making stuff up, so when I come to a prompt that I have very little knowledge about, I usually draw a blank, and am unsure of what to do.

Yes—do some research. Also, spend some time going through the books you’ve read for school over the past couple years and writing them all down. You might find that although these things haven’t sprung to mind in the past as great examples, the act of writing this list helps you realize that you have more to draw on than you think.

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