What is a good number of words to have on the SAT essay? Does it even matter as long as you fill up the two pages? If you write small, will they count the words to judge the length of your essay or will they only look at how much space the essay takes up?
They don't judge length, they judge quality. In general, long essays are good not because they're long, but because they're more in-depth. I usually write 4 paragraphs, and with my small to medium handwriting, it takes about 1 2/3 pages.