ACT Essay Score: How Important Is It

Below, I have posted the mid-range ACT essay scores from a few, top universities: Princeton, MIT, and Duke. All have mid-ranges of 8 to 10. While these three schools all admit mostly students who are in the top 1 to 5 percent of their classes, the range of essay scores for many of these students stretch down into lower percentiles. While the bottom of the composite mid-range for these schools hovers around a 31 (at the 97th percentile), the bottom of the essay mid-range is an 8 (down at the 86th percentile). From this, I think it can be inferred that the an essay score in the general range of 8 or above is acceptable for top insitutions and that these top institutions don't weigh the essay as heavily. It is simply not feasible to expect all intelligent students to be able to write a stellar essay in a mere thirty minutes.

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For those taking the new SAT starting in March 2016, the essay scoring system is getting a makeover. While the SAT, just like the ACT, will have two readers review your essay, these two readers will assign your essay three distinct scores - for Reading, Analysis, and Writing - ranging from 1 to 4. The two scores given to each of these three dimensions are then added. Thus, you will receive three scores for your essay that individually will range from 2 to 8 and cumulatively range from 6 to 24. Yet, the College Board will not be scaling (cooking/inflating) this raw score. This raw score will be your actual essay score. Get it? Good! The entire SAT scoring rubric is available .


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For those taking the new SAT starting in March 2016, the essay scoring system is getting a makeover. While the SAT, just like the ACT, will have two readers review your essay, these two readers will assign your essay three distinct scores - for Reading, Analysis, and Writing - ranging from 1 to 4. The two scores given to each of these three dimensions are then added. Thus, you will receive three scores for your essay that individually will range from 2 to 8 and cumulatively range from 6 to 24. Yet, the College Board will not be scaling (cooking/inflating) this raw score. This raw score will be your actual essay score. Get it? Good! The entire SAT scoring rubric is available .