Multiple-choice counts for 75 percent of the new writing grade; the essay 25 percent.
Multiple-choice counts for 75 percent of the new writing grade; the essay 25 percent."The multiple-choice makes the writing test valid," he says. He fears that the new 25-minute SAT essay test that started in March -- and will be given for the second time on Saturday -- is actually teaching high school students terrible writing habits."It appeared to me that regardless of what a student wrote, the longer the essay, the higher the score," Dr. A man on the panel from the College Board disagreed. He was stunned by how complete the correlation was between length and score.
The SAT essay is optional and costs an additional fee of $17.00.
Currently, only 25 colleges and universities require the SAT essay.
He looked at the 15 samples in the Score Write book that the College Board distributed to high schools nationwide to prepare students for the new writing section.
Perelman studied every graded sample SAT essay that the College Board made public.
- IN March, Les Perelman attended a national college writing conference and sat in on a panel on the new SAT writing test. Perelman is one of the directors of undergraduate writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I have never found a quantifiable predictor in 25 years of grading that was anywhere near as strong as this one," he said.
He did doctoral work on testing and develops writing assessments for entering M. "If you just graded them based on length without ever reading them, you'd be right over 90 percent of the time." The shortest essays, typically 100 words, got the lowest grade of one.
"We don't want them not to go forward with that little detail.
Our attitude is go right ahead with that missing date or fact and readers should be instructed not to count off for that."Cynics say the new essay is window dressing added to placate California officials who in 2001 were calling the old SAT outmoded and were threatening to stop requiring it.
Perelman contacted the College Board and was surprised to learn that on the new SAT essay, students are not penalized for incorrect facts.
The official guide for scorers explains: "Writers may make errors in facts or information that do not affect the quality of their essays.