There are three different scores for the SAT Essay: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. Two raters will review your essay, so the scores you receive will range from 2 to 8 in each category.
It’s important to keep in mind that you cannot take the SAT essay without taking the general SAT.
In the current version of the SAT, students are given a source text and asked to provide an analysis of the argument presented in the text.
Write an essay in which you explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience that [author’s claim].
When it was first added to the general SAT in 2005, it was an opinion-based essay.
However, when the SAT changed in 2016, the SAT became an analytical essay.
Your essay score will appear on every score report you send to colleges, regardless of whether or not the school requires an essay.
Here are 5 tips for writing a killer SAT essay, should you decide to add on that section: The thing to remember here is that ETS (the company that writes the test) is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text. Unfortunately, this is one occasion where your skill with a pencil matters. If they cannot decipher your script, they will lower your score. Remember the basic essay structure you learned in school: introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion? Your introduction should describe the text and paraphrase the argument being made, as well as introduce the specific elements of the passage and argument that you will discuss in the essay.
The SAT Essay doesn’t have to be a major source of stress!
If you prepare, you’ll know how to score well and hopefully boost your chances of getting into the college of your choice.