The SAT essay is graded a very specific way that is antithetical to actual good writing. Points are awarded for writing as much as possible and for using lots and lots of polysyllabic words, even if those aren't the right words for the situation. Responses to the optional SAT Essay are scored using a carefully designed process.
Two different people will read and score your essay. Each scorer awards 14 points for each dimension: reading, analysis, and writing. Under their eligibility section, they note, To be considered for the scholarships listed, students must achieve a minimum 1360 New SAT composite score (evidencebased reading and writing score of at least 660 math scores of at least 620), or 30 ACT composite (English Math, with scores of at least 27). Two readers (as in, two flesh and blood people! ) will read your essay, and give the Reading, Analysis, and Writing parts of your essay a score from 1 to 4.
Those scores will then be added together for the three final scores of between 2 and 8. The two scores, one from the Reading test and one from the Writing test, will be combined to give you a Verbal score on the SAT score range. The Math score on the 1040 SAT score scale will be converted to a final score from. The optional SAT Essay is scored separately.
To calculate section scores, we first compute the students raw scorethe number of questions correctly answered Writing and Language Test Score (based on your performance in the Writing and Language section of the SAT) Math Test Score (based on your performance in the two Math sections of the SAT) Each test score is reported on a scale of 10 to 40.
The loose correlation of essay score to Total Score and the high standard deviation of essay scores means that students at all levels see wide variation of scores. The average essaytaking student scores a 1, 080 on the SAT and receives just under a 545.