Each response has received a separate score for each of the three domains assessed: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. That is why we use a statistical process called 'equating. All of the colleges' announcements have emphasized that they care deeply about the writing skills of applicants, but they quickly add that they don't think they need the SAT essay to judge those skills.
James Murphy, director of national outreach for the Princeton Review, which offers many test-prep and admissions services to applicants, has been a critic of the essay, saying that the vast majority of those who prepare and take it don't need to.
Princeton will now require all applicants to submit a graded high school paper, and Brown is recommending that applicants submit such a paper. So many kids hurt," wrote one parent.
Others have said that there may be superior ways to examine applicants' writing. Then in March, Harvard University announced it was dropping the requirement. Her twin missed 6 in math on June 2 test and got ? The Topic You can count on seeing the same prompt no matter when you take the SAT with Essay, but the passage will be different every time.
While faculty members have been involved in some colleges' decisions to drop the essay, the University of California decision is controlled by a systemwide faculty body, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, known by its acronym BOARS.