Score This June ESSAY Please! AND HELP with a hand-scoring decision!

<p>QUESTION---Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present?</p>

<p>Martin Luther King Jr. once declared, "Whether we succeed or fail, we will always remember the cause and learn from the past." Those veracious words are still precise and accurate in the 21st Century, decades after they were originally spoken. Memories play a vital role in our effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present. Perhas the best examples of this fact are Virginia Woolf's novel, <orlando>, and our Founding Fathers adoption of the Constitution.</orlando></p>

<p>In <orlando>, a young girl named Orlando constantly conforms to the "rules" of those around her as she travels into each new age and each new setting. Eventually, such conformity opresses Orlando as her proclivity to adopt the ways of society becomes over-bearing. When she reaches maturity in the 20th century, Orlando rejects the views of society and finds her own desires, thus leading to a happiness she never had before she changed. The memories of her past conformity and the never-ending cycle of dejection that accompanied it helped Orlando realize that only she can make herself happy.</orlando></p>

<p>When Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and our Founding Fathers drew up our Constitution, they did so with memories of English rule and the Articles of Confederation blazing in their minds. These intelligent men knew that the failures of the Articles were so devastating--almost ineffable--that an immediate solution was needed. Noone outside this close circle of men knew that a Constitution and a Bill of Rights was being written at the Constitutional Convention or that this unbelievably courageous effort would take our country into a new millenium. If the problems within the Articles of Confederation and the perpetual discrepencies of past British rule had never been addressed, we might not be as free or have as many liberties in year 2005.</p>

<p>It would be fallacious to say memories hinder people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present. We desperately need to remember all of our past failures and all of our past successes if we are to adapt and change in a beneficial way for out future. Man was created with an undeniable knack for memorization, and we see loss of memory as a disease.</p>

<p>I am considering a re-score but would like your opinions on a 12 point scale...also, if I feel confident i did not omit any on the test yet my report says i omitted one on CR, should i get it hand-scored. I have a 780 CR and an 800 on math, and if the supposedly omitted question were actually an eraser smear and a correct answer, I would get an 800 on CR and a perfect score. Is it worth the risk to get it hand-scored if I could get a 1600 and feel very confident I did not omit a single question? Also, if the ommited question was wrong answer I could go down to a 760 or 770 which would be bad? What would you all do in this situation. Should I order the bland SAS and try to remember the question based on the number and the difficulty?</p>

<p>I don't know about your CR problem, but I'd say its probably a 10 essay. What did they give it?</p>

<p>9...i'm not too concerned with that, but that CR decision will be tough, esp. since I'm sure I did not omit any but am happy with my score...gosh!</p>

<p>how do i inquire about hand-scoring?</p>

<p>I'd give the essay an 11. I think it's great.</p>

<p>really...? anyone else? is it worth a re-score?</p>

<p>I think 1580 is just as good as a 1600. So don't worry that much about it.</p>

<p>When I hear "1600" I think of some freak who locks himself up in a room to study all day, but "1580" gives me the impression that you are very very smart, but still a real person. So hopefully the admissions commitee thinks the same way. ;)</p>

<p>I don't think they rescre essays. Someone said that here a few days ago, you should look into that. Also, twenty points really won't make a difference.</p>

<p>you have no reason to be flipping out... it could only make a difference of 20 pts anyways. while it would of course be nice to get a perfect score, to college admissions it shouldnt make much of a difference. i agree with Eugene S completely on this one..</p>

<p>I would give it a 12 actually considering how crappy my essay was (which scored a 9 as well).</p>

<p>Tp be honest I would say the 20 points would look really good</p>

<p>would have liked it if you had expanded more on martin luther king (so, you can explain the meaning behind his quote), rather than two related examples.</p>

<p>good examples; i would give this a 10 or 11.</p>

<p>Want to see my 9 essay?</p>

<p>Prompt---Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present?</p>

<p>I believe that memories of the past help people learn from their mistakes so they will be more successful in the future. This has been shown time and time again in both literature and history. The people involved in these previous experiences not only learned from their own mistakes and memories; but from the mistakes of others. The mistakes made by these other people prompted others to be more successful in their actions and be careful not to make them in the future. </p>

<p>An example from history comes from the administration of Ronald Reagan. When Jimmy Carter was president, he made many choices that made inflation skyrocket. Then, when he tried to fix the unemployment problem that plagued the U.S., it only prompted more inflation. This period of high inflation and high unemployment was termed stagflation. However, when Reagan began his administration in office, he realized the mistakes Carter had made, and acted on them with a policy called Reaganomics. His realization of Carter's mistakes allowed him to act on them and successfully drive down the stagflation problem. </p>

<p>An example from literature comes from <the one="" that="" flew="" over="" the="" cuckoo's="" nest.=""> Chief, the protagonist and narrator of the story, resides in a mental institution, even though he does not belong there. When a new patient comes in, he realizes that the patient is also doing the same thing. Due to the nature of a corrupt nurse, though, the new patient is given a labotomy, where part of his brain is taken out. Chief realizes that he can no longer stay at the hospital from the mistakes that patient had made, and decides to escape by breaking through a window.</the></p>

<p>In conclusion, people really are able to learn from past mistakes to prosper in the future. Through the experiences of Reagan and Chief,</p>

<p>That's right, my essay ended mid-sentence. To be honest, I think it's horrible. I couldn't stop laughing as I was transferring it from CB to here. It's just so bad.</p>

<p>Tsmallzxc, you seem to write similar to me. I have gotten a 10 twice. I think your essay was a step up from mine though. So I would say 11.</p>

<p>I would say 11 too</p>

<p>Tsmallzxc, it is worth a rescore. And please don't listen to people who tell you 20 points doesn't matter and you're crazy for stressing about not getting 1600. It's about principle and knowing what you're capable of and what you deserve. Get a re-score, if it's available.</p>

<p>yeah and if you did not omit any and it says you did, then rescoring it will be free of cost, since there is a clear mistake</p>

<p>You probably got a 9 cause you didn't have three examples. I thought the essay it self was pretty good....give it a 9</p>

<p>i also think that they probably gave a 9 b/c you didn't give specific examples about Orlando's problems and specifically how she changed ( possible events). And the founding fathers one stated problems with Articles and Confederation and past British rule, which is good, but I couldn't help but think---like what? (I know the problems, but they are not explained in the essay;it only says there were problems). </p>

<p>It lacked specific details and that's probably why you got a nine.</p>

<p>In my opinion your essay is clearly between a 10 and a 12. Take a look at the thread "Why is this essay better than the other?" One of the essays scored a 9 and the other an 11. I mean no disrespect to the author of these two essays, but in my opinion your essay is without question a 10 to a 12. Should you ask for a rescore. For the essay yes, for the CR I am not sure. That is a tough call given your description. I would tend to lean toward keeping the 780.</p>

<p>I don't think its a 12 but I think it should be either 10 or 11.</p>

<p>They do rescore essays I think for $50.00 (!). You can get your test hand scored for $30.00 and I guess there is a chance that they could give you credit for it. At least hypothetically, if that is the only CR question you missed, if you answered it incorrectly your score shouldn't go down because assume there were 50 questions, that means 49 right 49 - .25 = 48.75 rounds to 49. The essay grading is more risky however because if you get it they could give you a 5 * 2 = 10 or a 4 * 2 = 8 (I believe this right not 100% sure).</p>