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09/04/2019

SAT Essay scores?

QUESTION
SAT Essay scores?
I took the SAT for my first time this June, and just got my SAT scores back. I’m not entirely sure about my essay score and what the highest score possible is. I got an 08. Is this a good score? What is the the essay out of? 20? 15?

ANSWER
The essay in SAT: Reasoning Test is out of 12. Two teachers grade the essay and each can give any score ranging from 1 to 6. If the scores from two teachers differ by more than 1 point, then a third teacher grades the essay and what he assigns is the final score. Since you got 8 , it is reasonable to assume that both teachers gave your essay a 4. Now 8 out of 12 is a pretty good score. If you do well in your multiple choice portion, you can get upto 760 out of 800 in writing . I got the same score for the essay as you did and still managed 750. I saw on some website that in most test administrations, it is possible to leave the essay totally blank and still score over 2200 out of 2400 ( But don’t try it , since college admission officers will download your essay too and when they see … !!! )