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Does Cornell include the SAT writing portion for admissions?

chaosdogchaosdog Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
edited May 2013 in Cornell University
^, just wondering since I have a 1530 CR + M, but only a 2180 with writing. Thanks in advance.

I have heard Cornell does not look at writing, but I just wanted to clarify. A link would be greatly appreciated
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Replies to: Does Cornell include the SAT writing portion for admissions?

  • dlekdmsdlekdms Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    It might depend on the school youre applying to.
    When I went to visit, they told me they look at writing scores too
    Good luck!
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    They say they don't look at writing, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if some admissions officers just glance at it. But don't get me wrong, the CR/M traditional score is still the most important SAT Score.
  • SheepGetKilledSheepGetKilled Registered User Posts: 1,103 Senior Member
    great I got an 800W ...
  • nd09nd09 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Its not like each section is printed on a separate page or anything so unless they are physically covering up the writing score with their hand, they are going to judge the score. A 500 will certainly raise some flags and an 800 will probably be a big boost (the admissions officers are in fact human).
  • concretepencil94concretepencil94 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    Why don't you just email them and get a direct response?
    They told me they do look at it, but it plays a smaller role in admissions.
  • fastfalco382fastfalco382 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I got a glance at my student profile on the monitor of my major (AEM)'s dept head and there was CR, M, but no mention of WR. She also mentioned that she reads all of the essays so I assume she's also doing admissions
  • rainbowskies11rainbowskies11 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    My sister applied to Cornell last year and is a freshman there this year-- she just told me admissions doesn't look at writing.
  • anothermom2anothermom2 Registered User Posts: 1,753 Senior Member
    Cornell Engineering: Engineering Admissions FAQs

    per college of engineering, not for them; could find no other specifics for other colleges
  • DrummerdawgDrummerdawg Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    If I had a dollar for every time someone asked this question, I'd have a lot of dollars.
  • pch340pch340 Registered User Posts: 811 Member
    All top level schools simply expect a 700+ in writing since it's just basic grammar...
  • ColeneColene - Posts: 959 Member
    Nobody knows if they actually completely don't look at it or just take a glance at it and "not consider it". It's just not very important.
  • whashgood11whashgood11 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    At the A&S information session I went to 2 summers ago, someone asked the woman who was giving the presentation this question, and I specifically remember her saying that they don't, in fact, place as much weight on writing as the other two sections.

    That being said, I got an 800 on writing, and a 680 on math, so I would suspect that those two kind of balanced. Then again I did get an 800 on the CR as well, so I'm sure that had something to do with it...

    Overall, I would say it depends on what school you're applying to, and what field you might be interested in. Despite what the A&S admissions people say, writing probably matters more there than at the other schools.

    As the poster a few above me said, if you get a 500 or an 800 you will stand out, for better or worse.

    I'm of the persuasion that it really all depends on you're other scores. I did relatively ****ty on math, but my other scores made up for it. Had I gotten a 720 in CR however, I may not have gotten in.

    -Cornell Freshman
  • cormom15cormom15 Registered User Posts: 354 Member
    Let's put it this way, a really good score on writing is not going to hurt an overall lower score - the overall composite number is available to admissions, so they are at least, going to glance at it. The writing brought my daughter's score within a decent overall range for Cornell. It probably also depends on your potential major. Hers was not math related so the higher writing offset the lower math. I believe in her case for CAS, it helped.
  • ASH5297ASH5297 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Oh hey this made my prospects look considerably brighter. I lost 80 of my 90 points on writing, so now it looks like I have a (nearly) flawless SAT score
  • BigGreen2016BigGreen2016 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Great. I got a 800 in W. -.-
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