SSAT Sample Essay – TM #3 – “Sportsmanship”

essay-main_FullDIRECTIONS: You have 30 minutes to plan and write an essay on the topic assigned below. DO NOT WRITE ON ANOTHER TOPIC. AN ESSAY ON ANOTHER TOPIC IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Consider carefully the following quotation: “Good sportsmanship, doing unto others what you would have done unto yourself, is an idea basic to the American way. Yet many business people do not hesitate to disregard this ideal when money is involved. Even our athletes often believe that winning is all that counts. Youth is rightfully confused about which moral standards to follow.”

Prompt: Are these statements justified? What do they tell about our way of life? Explain and defend your answer, using illustrations from your observations, reading, or personal experience.


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