SAT Exam Writing Section

While Writing does not count as much Critical Reading, it still does count at most schools (they wouldn't require it otherwise, and schools that don't take Writing into consideration tend to explicitly say so), so it's advisable to take the section seriously. If you're scoring in the 700's on CR and in 500's on Writing (unlikely but theoretically possible), you can't assume that admissions officers will be willing overlook the lower score because "it's just not that important." Everything is important if you're trying to decide between five -- or ten -- similar applicants. They probably won't take the time to read your essay, or even care about the essay score unless it's exceptionally low, but the overall score will definitely count for something, however small.

At the most selective schools, a good score (750+) won't necessarily help you, but a bad score can definitely hurt you. It's considered a given that you'll score above 700 at absolute minimum; if English is your first language, anything below that is a warning sign. The good news is that Writing is comparatively easy to prep for; the bad news is that you still have to put in the time.


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