In 2005,MITWriting Director Les Perelman plotted essay length versus essay score on the new SAT from released essays and found a high correlation between them. After studying over 50 graded essays, he found that longer essays consistently produced higher scores. In fact, he argues that by simply gauging the length of an essay without reading it, the given score of an essay could likely be determined correctly over 90% of the time. He also discovered that several of these essays were full of factual errors; the College Board does not claim to grade for factual accuracy.
Perelman, along with the National Council of Teachers of English also criticized the 25-minute writing section of the test for damaging standards of writing teaching in the classroom. They say that writing teachers training their students for the SAT will not focus on revision, depth, accuracy, but will instead produce long, formulaic, and wordy pieces. "You're getting teachers to train students to be bad writers", concluded Perelman.
This is an urgent notice regarding the Common App Site.
Common App site has gone through a complete overhaul. They NO longer provide the paper application forms. This time all the application has to be Submitted Online. However, many of the Colleges/Universities shall still allow you to send application materials by POST. Unfortunately, the essays will have to be sent ONLINE. This means that your essays has to be SHORTER. You need to take great care in Drafting the Why essays too.
The main essay TOPIC areas are now changed - with a 650 word limit. So, nothing to worry!
There is NOTHING to worry - because most of these essays can still be uploaded as Word-Documents.
The Fee-Waiver policy of colleges remains UNCHANGED
TOEFL policy remains UNCHANGED
SAT-I and SAT-II policy remains UNCHANGED