When you complete an SAT essay, two graders from College Board will score it, and they will give your essay a score from 1-4.
Then, those two scores are added together to create your cumulative score, which can range anywhere from 2-8.
Because the format and directions for the SAT essay are always the same (but the passage changes), you can memorize them and practice writing essays.
Pay close attention to doing exactly what the instructions say, spend some time thinking before writing, prioritize your points, and write clearly and well (more about that in yet another blog), and you’ll score well on this optional, but important part of the SAT.
Take those extra few minutes to plan out a good thesis and sketch a rough outline of your argument.
This will help you plan your essay out, and it will do wonders for the organization of your essay.
You’re given two double-sided, lined pages to write on, so be sure you can include everything you want to say in that space, but don’t feel you need to fill up all the pages.
Writing just for the sake of taking up space is a bad idea, and one the readers will recognize and penalize you for.
However, here is how we recommend you allocate those 50 minutes: We recommend reading the prompts first because it will give you an appropriate lens with which to read the passage.
When you read it, you should be looking for the answers to the prompts and supporting evidence that you can use in your essay. Outline: Graders can usually tell when a student hasn’t structured and planned out their argument beforehand.