How Quickly Your SAT Essay Is Graded

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How Quickly Your SAT Essay Is Graded

Think about your high school English teacher and how long he or she takes to get writing assignments back to you. Days? Weeks sometimes? Well, imagine that your teacher had to grade 10 times as many essays in one-tenth the time. Suddenly the time he or she might have to look at your essay is shortened to a few minutes. The ETS reader (who is most likely a high school or college English teacher in real life) is in that crazy situation—he or she may be reading 100 or 200 essays in one sitting. Careful scrutiny under these circumstances is simply not possible. As a result, there are very few things the reader will really have time to look for, and we're going to tell you all about them.

Your essay counts for about 30% of your overall Writing score.

What Does This Mean for Your Essay?

It means "don't sweat the small stuff," but do sweat the structure and develop your thesis. It means that one or two misspellings probably won't break your score, so a missing apostrophe is not a cause for alarm. On the other hand, you'll want to make sure what you write is relevant and that you start with a strong topic sentence and conclusion. Our techniques will help you write an essay that will earn you a solid score.

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