Sat Essay Graded

Unless you’re in a creative writing class – and sometimes even then – you’ll be given directions about the format and general topic of the essay, and how well you follow those directions counts in your grade. It’s optional, as you know, but we encourage you to write it for some really good reasons; see Should I take the SAT Essay for more about those reasons.

While your high school and college essays are probably read and graded by the teacher or teaching assistant, your SAT essays are read and scored by professionals who are trained to assess the essay in terms of exactly what the SAT is looking for in a good essay.

The biggest change to the SAT essay (and the thing that really distinguishes it from the ACT essay) is that you are required to read and analyze a text, then write about your analysis of the author's argument in your essay.

The response shows an understanding of the text’s central idea(s) and important details.Otherwise, your essay scoring is done by two graders - each one grades you on a scale of 1-4 in Reading, Analysis, and Writing, for a total essay score out of 8 in each of those three areas.But how do these graders assign your writing a numerical grade? Based on the College Board’s stated Reading, Analysis, and Writing criteria, I've created the below charts (for easier comparison across score points).We're about to dive deep into the details of that least beloved* of SAT sections, the SAT essay.Prepare for a discussion of the SAT essay rubric and how the SAT essay is graded based on that.The response demonstrates little or no comprehension of the source text.The response fails to show an understanding of the text’s central idea(s), and may include only details without reference to central idea(s).There’s a lot of detail under each score, but note that for reading, the scores go from the highest, “thorough,” (4) to the lowest, “little or no comprehension” (1).In the middle are “some” and “effective,” scores of 3 and 4 respectively, and probably where most students score.There’s nothing ambiguous about the scoring criteria; the SAT has it down to a science.SAT readers/scorers are generally high school or college teachers with experience in reading and grading essays.

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