Can Your Common App Essay Use Themes From SAT/ACT Writing Test?

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Some students feel like the writing they do on the SAT or ACT is among the most thought-provoking work they create -- and one College Confidential reader felt so strongly about this that she submitted the following question about her Common App essay:

"I took the SAT last week, and on the essay portion I had to argue against an idea that was presented in a book from the early 1900s. I really liked the argument I presented and would like to cover basically the same topic in my Common App essay (for the prompt that allows you to write whatever you want). Is that okay, or will the college see my SAT writing portion and know that I covered the same topic in both?"

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