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SAT essay score - how important is it?

ait415ait415 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
edited October 2009 in College Admissions
I recently took the SATs for the first time, and got a 780 on the writing section.
I was fine with the score until I found that I got a 9 on the essay score, because I read somewhere that some of the Ivies use the essay score separately for admissions.
I'm not sure how good a 9 on the essay is, and I was wondering if it would be worth it to retake the SAT just to get a higher essay score.
How important is the essay score in reality?
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Replies to: SAT essay score - how important is it?

  • raelahraelah Registered User Posts: 806 Member
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the essay score not even included on the report sent to colleges?

    Don't worry.
  • maruhan2maruhan2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    of course they are included
    in fact the colleges can even read those essays
  • raelahraelah Registered User Posts: 806 Member
    OK, I'm wrong then. But either way, it doesn't matter. 780 is amazing regardless of the essay score. The OP should be very happy.
  • ait415ait415 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    ok, I was just a bit scared by the fact that the essay scores were used for admission, placement, etc. and that they could actually read the essays. but my overall score was 2340 and I didn't know if a retake would be worth it for the essay score.
  • Ellie7Ellie7 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    I wouldn't retake...many schools (mostly upper-tier and LACs) actually don't take the essay seriously because it doesn't require higher-level writing ability. Its not thought, its format and blah
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