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12 on SAT essay

dontstopbelievindontstopbelievin Posts: 675Registered User Member
i got a 12 on the SAT essay, but my overall was only 710..
does anybody know any stats about the percentages on getting a 12 on the SAT writing section essay?
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Replies to: 12 on SAT essay

  • xAAAxxAAAx Posts: 1,465Registered User Senior Member
    no but I got a 7 on my essay and every MC in writing correct grrrrr
  • juilletjuillet Posts: 5,252Registered User Senior Member
    The essay is only 1/3 of your writing score; the multiple choice makes up the other 2/3 of the score.

    I'm not really sure what your question is - I'm assuming you mean how many, and what percentage, of SAT test-takers get a 12 on the writing section essay. These tables reveal partial answers:

    http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/highered/ra/sat/2006-total-group-writing-subscore-report.pdf

    It appears that maybe ~12,500 students a year get a 12 on the writing essay from the graph (it looks like that bar is maybe a quarter of the way past 0 on the way to 50,000). Using the 1,376,000+ students who took the test in that cohort, it would appear that 12,500 is less than 1% of the students who took the test. Even if the number is 15,000 (a much more liberal and improbable estimate given the graph), that's still only 1.1%. So I think it's safe to say that ~1% of test takers got a 12 on the writing portion essay.

    A 710 is in the 96th percentile, so I wouldn't say "only" a 710. That's a pretty good score.
  • crazymonkey36crazymonkey36 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    I think that means you probably missed around 10-15 questions on the MC. Not sure though.
  • wg90210wg90210 Posts: 851Registered User Member
    it counts for 250 points of the total 800

    your score out of 12 adds to the MC subscore...not sure how they do conversions though
  • SAT2350SAT2350 Posts: 197Registered User Junior Member
    did you get a 12 on every SAT essay??

    then tell me ur tips !!

    THanks
  • qwert13qwert13 Posts: 188Registered User Junior Member
    your raw score would have been around the 35-36 range. thats just an estimate though cause every test is different, but from a chart that i have thats what your raw score would have been to get 710 with a 12 essay.
  • dontstopbelievindontstopbelievin Posts: 675Registered User Member
    thank you for all those that replied!

    my MC actually went down from the first test i took;
    my first test i got a 690 with 8 on the essay which brought me to 670 overall.
    i got a 670 on the MC for the second time i believe.. with a 12 on the essay that brought me to 710.

    there was really no big secret for me getting a 12 SAT2350, because i was extremely shocked to see the 12 as well. but if there was anything i did different, i felt like i developed the essay from start to finish really well. my supports were backed up with details, and i didnt try hard to search for harder SAT words while writing the essay. also, i wrote in the entire 2 pages given, as opposed to the first time i took the test when i wrote like 1.5 pages at most. i dont know if this helped at all but good luck!
  • mantori.suzukimantori.suzuki Posts: 3,347Registered User Senior Member
    I know that being able to write that well without having time to edit is a rare gift. Nice job!
  • PaperChaserPopPaperChaserPop Posts: 1,291Registered User Senior Member
    A 12 gives you the license to write a killer college app essay without the worry of being accused of plagiarism or "it must be dad's work." Good job!
  • dontstopbelievindontstopbelievin Posts: 675Registered User Member
    haha thank you guys :]
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