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Introduction to the SAT Writing Test

How Your Essay Will Be Graded
Two graders will independently grade your essay on a scale of 1 to 6, and your score will be the total of their marks. (On the rare occasions when the marks of these two graders disagree by more than one point, an additional grader is called in as a tiebreaker.)

Combining the Two Sections: How Your Final Writing Test Score Will Be Calculated
Your final score on the SAT Writing Test will be a weighted average of your essay score (on a 2-to-12 scale) and your multiple-choice score (out of 49). The essay counts for about one-third of your overall score. The following table provides a simple way to combine the two writing sub-scores to get your final 200-to-800 Writing Test score.

Essay / Multiple-Choice Scoring Grid

49
45
40
35
30
25
20
15
12
800
770
730
690
640
600
560
520
11
780
750
710
670
620
580
540
500
10
760
730
690
650
600
560
520
480
9
740
710
670
630
580
540
500
460
8
720
690
650
610
560
520
480
440
7
700
670
630
590
540
500
460
420
6
680
650
610
570
520
480
440
400
5
660
630
590
550
500
460
420
380
4
640
610
570
530
480
440
400
360
3
620
590
550
510
460
420
380
340
2
600
570
530
490
440
400
360
320

To use the table, locate your essay score in the left-most column and your nearest multiple-choice score in the top row. For example, a student who received a 9 on the essay and a raw score of 35 on the multiple-choice section would score a 630 for the combined writing sections. The precise table will vary from test to test, depending on the test's relative difficulty, but the basic principle is the same.

The scores in bold, running down in a diagonal band across the grid, are rough equivalents of your multiple-choice and essay scores. If the box with your combined score lies above the bold band, your essay score was significantly better than your multiple-choice score; you would likely make rapid gains if you reviewed the grammatical concepts tested by those questions.

If your combined score lies below the bold band, your multiple-choice score was significantly better than your essay score; you would likely make rapid gains if you reviewed the tips on essay writing and practiced applying them.

In addition to your overall score on the 200-to-800 scale, your score report will include your essay score on the 2-to-12 scale, and your multiple-choice score on a 20-to-80 scale (to distinguish it from your overall score).

That Guarantee, Revisited
The guarantee I made to you at the start is not an exaggeration if you apply yourself conscientiously to the upcoming four chapters. The SAT Essay: Basic Principles will cover the basic principles of the essay.

In The SAT Essay: Basic Principles I'll show you how to write an essay that will knock the socks off the SAT graders!

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From The RocketReview Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT and the PSAT by Adam Robinson. Copyright © 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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