SAT Essay SectionSAT as you know, has been redesigned in 2016. Along with the entire test, the Essay section is also revamped and overhauled. The redesigned SAT Essay asks you to use your reading, analysis, and writing skills. Though the premise sounds simple enough, there is much confusion and apprehension about preparing for, and approaching the SAT Essay task. Through this article, lets check out what changes have happened in the Essay section and should help quell any confusions regarding its structure and skills tested. 

WHAT

  • Read a passage.
  • Explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience.
  • Support your explanation with evidence from the passage.

WHY

  • The SAT Essay is a lot like a typical college writing assignment in which you’re asked to analyze a text.
  • It is one way to show your college-readiness to the colleges and thus it’s recommended to take SAT ESSAY.
  • Most of the good colleges recommend SAT Essay and do consider its score in application.

HOW

  • It is optional — but some schools will require it.
  • You have 50 minutes to complete your essay, 25 minutes more than the required essay that was part of the SAT students took before March 2016.
  • You won’t be asked to agree or disagree with a position on a topic or to write about your personal experience. Instead, you are going to write an essay that discusses how the writer goes about trying to persuade his or her audience.

WHO

  • You don’t necessarily have to take the SAT with the Essay, but if you do, you’ll be able to apply to schools that require it and most of the schools recommend that you do take the SAT with the Essay.
  • If you don’t register for the SAT with Essay at first, you can add it later: you’ll have to take the entire SAT test all over again (this time with the essay).

SCORING

  • Unlike the old SAT essay, which has a single score, the new SAT essay will contain three scores, one for reading, one for analysis, and one for writing.
  • Two graders will score the essay and these scores will be added up. In the end, we get a grand total of 24, or a range of 2-8 for each of the three areas.
  • A score report will look something like this: 7 reading / 6 analysis / 6 writing.

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