Tests ability to identify most effective and grammatically correct expression of ideas
Looks for strong opinion and good organization
No “right” or “wrong” answers, but opinion should be backed by appropriate examples from: personal experience, current events, history, etc.
SAT Writing: Example Essay Prompt.
Carefully consider the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment that follows.
Cell phones have arguably made it easier for people to stay in touch. Some warn, however, that having a cell phone on vacation is a big mistake because it allows people to contact you at a time when you are simply trying to relax and have a good time.
Assignment: Are advances in technology making the world a better place? Plan and write an essay in which you convey a point of view on the issue presented. Make sure you support your position with reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, personal experiences, or observations.
SAT Scores Mean Scores in Recent Years.
Year Reading Math Writing
2006 503 518 497
2008 500 514 493
2010 500 515 491
2012 496 514 488
2014 497 513 487
SOURCE: The College Board
Redesigned SAT (2016): Overview
3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Writing and Language Test
Math (calculator and calculator-free parts)
Score ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
Essay results reported separately
Redesigned SAT (2016): Important Features
Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success.
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