writing score...

<p>this is my SAT score</p>

Math- 760
writing- 670</p>


<p>i really want to boost my writing score too 700+ but the essay always screws me over. first time i got an 8 and the second time i got a 9. i thought that both times i wrote a pretty good essay, but it turns out i didnt. any tips on writing a better essay? AND tips on scoring higher on the multiple choice section?</p>

<p>btw, i want to get into umich (EA), nyu stern, BC, and emory</p>

<p>This may sound weird but, when you're writing your essay don't write an essay like how you would in school, the graders who grade your essay don't really "read" your essay, since they have like millions of others they have to look at, instead they have a standardization of what a 12 essay is suppose to look like. Also you probably know this but, when writing your essay DO NOT PLAN OUT your examples( make them up, readers are forbidden to fact check ANYTHING, since if they did for one essay they would have to fact check the other 2 million essays).This will save you precious time you could be spend writing your essay.
Also you probably also know this but, LENGTH = 12!!! write AT LEAST 1 and a half pages if u even want a chance at a 12. The more your write, the better but, dont go around write incoherent bs, that isn't going to help at all.</p>

<p>Good advice cuo741.</p>

<p>One of my son's high school english teachers told him that it's nearly impossible to write anything worthwhile in 45 minutes. The only thing the essay gives them is a sample of your writing that they KNOW was written by you and nobody else. But to give that the same weight as the reading and math portions of the SAT is ridiculous. Maybe someday they'll drop it, some schools don't even look at it, but in the mean time you have to play the game.</p>

<p>The equal weighting, when given, is for the ENTIRE writing portion. The essay is just a fraction of that. The writing portion, both when it was a subject test, and more recently, is said to be among the better predictors of college freshman grades.</p>

But to give that the same weight as the reading and math portions of the SAT is ridiculous.


<p>Not exactly, considering that, as Shrinkrap noted, the Writing section predicts freshman grades better than either of the other two sections.</p>

i really want to boost my writing score too 700+ but the essay always screws me over


<p>I got an 800 in W with a 12/12 on the essay. You don't need to be an incredibly creative writer to get a 12. Here's three tips that should help:</p>

<p>1) Be clear and concise. This is key. You don't have to create eloquent descriptions overflowing with impressive vocabulary and symbolims. Be straightforward and simply in your approach, and provide ample evidence to show that you understand the topic and can write a good essay when prompted. Of course, it's advantageous to throw in an impressive word here or there if appropriate, but only if it's in the correct context.</p>

<p>2) Provide strong example(s). It can be just one, but I'd do two or three just to be safe. Your examples, above all, need to be relevant and tie in directly with the prompt. This is where you have the opportunity to get creative; you can use anything from Henry VIII to an episode of Oprah to prove your point. As long as it's relevant and helps to make your case, you should be fine.</p>

<p>3) Length. If you want a 10 or higher, especially a 12, it has to fill both pages with medium-sized handwriting. Essays that cover only one page or a page and a half rarely get a score of 10 or higher.</p>

<p>Other than that, make sure your essay is void of grammatical and spelling errors. The 25-minute time constraint is a nuisance, but if you focus and zone everything else out, you should be able to consistently score higher on it.</p>

<p>Good luck. :)</p>

<p>They don't really check grammar and spelling but, don't make it so obvious that you spelled everything wrong, and if you can't spell a word try to find a synonym for the meaning, they don't give out extra points for fancy vocabulary.</p>

<p>ok thanks guys. when i wrote the essays i gave two examples each time, and i thought both were strong and on topic. here's another question.. i guess i can already assume this from the replies, but...</p>

<p>do graders not want something fancy and professional?</p>

<p>when i wrote the essays, i wrote how my ap lang teacher taught me to. although i tried to make the essay complicated and detailed, i was SURE that the essay was ON POINT and ON TOPIC. also the essay topics werent even that hard for the times i took it. i guess the graders didnt like the "style" i was trying to use. what do you guys think? </p>

<p>oh and about the length, i only wrote about 1 and 1/2 pages the first time, and i got an 8. then a friend told me to write both pages. i filled both pages the second time, but i only got a 9 :(</p>

<p>Well, length does matter A LOT but, only to a certain extent where they WILL take off points if your essay has problems. About the "style" part, if you look at my 1st post, i say that writing like you would for a school essay is REALLY different to how you would write a SAT essay. The essay readers, they have restrictions when reading your essay, like how they can't fact check, or how they can't think like themselves(yes i know this may seem weird), what i mean by this is, they have a rubric(DO NOT ABIDE TO THE COLLEGE BOARD'S BB'S RUBRIC) and this rubric is for standardization(The college board has to have this because, they want their test to be consistent, thats why they have multiple choice questions) If you have the BB, which i assume you do and if you go to the essay section and take a look at the 6 essay's(12 total) they have nothing fancy to them, no fancy vocabulary or anything in that matter. Here's a good tip for you and this goes back to how writing a school essay is different from a sat essay,</p>


<p>Usually in school your used to putting your thesis statemnt as the 2nd to last or last sentence right? Well go back to the essay's in BB, all of the 6 essay's have their thesis as their first sentence, and when writing your thesis statement be sure to be right on point with the prompt. </p>

<p>For example, if the prompt was (this is from a BB practice test) "Is conscience a more powerful motivator than money,fame, or power?". Your thesis would be(for example my position is going to be conscience is more powerful), "Conscience is a more powerful motivator than money,fame,and power", that would be it, straightforward as possible, its basically restating the prompt but putting _____ is ...rest of prompt.... It would be the same for the other way around.</p>

<p>Do NOT make your essay complicated, if you do this the readers are going have a hard time reading your essay, which means they won't truly get what your point is which leads to them taking points off for not being on point.</p>

do graders not want something fancy and professional?


<p>I'm not sure of what you mean by this. Your writing should be convincing and easy to comprehend. You don't have to sound like Shakespeare or Charles Dickens, but what you write has to be effective in communicating your main point(s).</p>

<p>Another important thing: write neatly. If an essay is written very neatly, it will have a far better impression upon the reader than that essay, written word for word the same, in sloppy handwriting. So neatness is something else to keep in mind.</p>

<p>Anything else...? :)</p>