Why raising your score on the SAT Essay can dramatically
increase your chances of getting into colle
According to a survey of college admissions officers at 374
schools conducted at Kaplan, as much as 58 percent of
colleges will be checking the SAT essays of applicants for
potential writing level discrepancies, while 15
percent will be evaluating the SAT essay of all
Timothy Brunold, dean of undergraduate admissions at
USC said, "we will definitely take a look at the SAT
essay if the student scored poorly on the writing section but
wrote a brilliant personal essay."
Lee Stetson, dean of admissions at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says the essay test will give
admissions officers a better feel for applicants' writing and
verbal skills and their ability to perform under ``constraint.''
Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate admissions at the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and trustee of the
College Board stated, "The SAT essay will be a first
draft, written under timed conditions not unlike the on-demand
writing of a college "blue book" exam. It will complement the
student's traditional application essay and give us a better,
more complete understanding of the student's writing abilities."
Jerome A Lucido Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
and Director of Undergraduate Admissions of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill said that the SAT writing
sample "will make the exam a more relevant and useful tool for
evaluating student performance, for predicting college success,
and for stimulating the high school curriculum."
Ben Streetman, Dean of the College of Engineering
at the University of Texas at Austin said, "This new
requirement will be a great help to us in choosing students who
can succeed in engineering. One of the most important
skills an engineer has is the ability to present his or
her ideas verbally and in writing. Virtually every
engineering project begins with a written proposal,
requires interim reports and culminates in a written
summary. Professional success in engineering depends
not only on the ability to apply the techniques of math and
science to solve problems, but also on the engineer's ability
to write those proposals and reports in a way that helps
others understand the work."
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