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# 12 on SAT essay

Registered User Posts: 675 Member
edited September 2009
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?
Post edited by dontstopbelievin on

## Replies to: 12 on SAT essay

• Registered User Posts: 1,465 Senior Member
no but I got a 7 on my essay and every MC in writing correct grrrrr
• Super Moderator Posts: 11,599 Super Moderator
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:

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.
• Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
I think that means you probably missed around 10-15 questions on the MC. Not sure though.
• Registered User Posts: 851 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
• Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
did you get a 12 on every SAT essay??

then tell me ur tips !!

THanks
• Registered User Posts: 188 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.
• Registered User Posts: 675 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!
• Registered User Posts: 3,347 Senior Member
I know that being able to write that well without having time to edit is a rare gift. Nice job!
• Registered User Posts: 1,291 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!
• Registered User Posts: 675 Member
haha thank you guys :]
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