A score of 4 is considered "Advanced," while 1 is "Inadequate." Evaluation criteria include comprehension of essay reading passages, analysis and explanation of argument, and effectiveness of essay writing.
Student preparation should emphasize analytical skills with respect to written texts in a broad range of general-interest publications.
The 2016 SAT includes an essay section that has been significantly redesigned.
Students are no longer required to complete the essay, but many universities mandate the submission of essay scores, and the College Board recommends that all students take this section of the SAT in order to demonstrate reading, writing, and analysis skills.
He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
There are 18 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.The essay prompt for the 2016 SAT asks students to analyze a text that is between 650 and 750 words in length.All essay reading passages are argumentative, intended for general readerships, and taken from historical or contemporary sources.Student essays must consider author use of evidence to support claims, reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims, and stylistic and persuasive elements such as word choice or appeals to emotion.In their essays, students should analyze the argument advanced in the reading passage rather than write about their own views on the subject.The consistent nature of the essay prompt means that test-takers will know the basic essay task in advance, although they will not know the particular reading passage ahead of time.This change can be seen as an attempt to more closely align the SAT essay with the types of essays that are written on college exams.The SAT Essay is meant to combine with the Writing and Language Test to provide a broad assessment of writing skills.College Board goals that are relevant to the SAT Essay include "an emphasis on source analysis and use of evidence," "attention to a core set of important English language conventions and to effective written expression," and "text complexity aligned to college and career readiness levels of reading." Research has shown that college texts are much more difficult than most of the materials that students encounter in high school.Studies also indicate that writing abilities cannot be acquired through direct instruction alone; opportunities for regular practice must be included.The new SAT Essay aims to address these issues and improve on older writing assessments that many educators saw as arbitrary in terms of evaluation criteria and less than ideal with respect to pedagogical or predictive value.