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Scoring SAT II Writing
Please Note:
The last administration of the SAT II Writing was on 1/22/05. Beginning 3/12/05, parts of the SAT II Writing test will be included in the New SAT. You should be studying the New SAT book. Go there!
Scoring SAT II Writing
As we said previously, because the SAT II Writing Test contains an essay as well as multiple-choice questions, calculating your raw score for this test is a little more complicated than it is for other SAT II tests.
To calculate your total raw score for SAT II Writing, you need to calculate your raw scores for the essay and for the multiple-choice, and then add the two together. Calculating your raw score for the multiple-choice is easy. Just follow the normal procedures:
Calculating your essay raw score is also easy. Take the grade that you receive on your essay, which can range between 2–12, and multiply that number by 3.43.
The number 3.43 seems like a strange and arbitrary number, but the test writers use this multiplication by the number 3.43 to make the essay have the precise weight in your final score that they want.
Your total raw score is the sum of your multiple-choice raw score and essay raw score:
ETS takes this raw score and converts it to a scaled score according to a special curve. We have included a generalized version of that curve in a table below. (Note that because ETS changes the curve slightly for each edition of the test, this table will be close to, but not exactly the same as, the table used by ETS.)
Raw Score Scaled Score Raw Score Scaled Score Raw Score Scaled Score
101 800 63 560 25 370
100 800 62 560 24 370
99 800 61 550 23 360
98 800 60 550 22 360
97 800 59 540 21 350
96 800 58 540 20 350
95 800 57 530 19 340
94 800 56 530 18 340
93 800 55 520 17 330
92 790 54 520 16 330
91 780 53 510 15 320
90 770 52 510 14 320
89 760 51 500 13 310
88 750 50 500 12 310
87 740 49 490 11 300
86 740 48 490 10 300
85 730 47 480 9 300
84 720 46 480 8 290
83 710 45 470 7 290
82 700 44 470 6 280
81 690 43 460 5 280
80 680 42 460 4 280
79 680 41 450 3 270
78 670 40 450 2 270
77 660 39 440 1 260
76 650 38 440 0 260
75 650 37 430 –1 260
74 640 36 430 –2 260
73 630 35 420 –3 250
72 620 34 420 –4 250
71 610 33 410 –5 250
70 600 32 410 –6 250
69 600 31 400 –7 240
68 600 30 400 –8 240
67 590 29 390 –9 240
66 590 28 390 –10 230
65 580 27 380
64 570 26 380
You should use this chart to convert your raw score into a scaled score. In order to do so, you will have to grade your essay in some way. Perhaps a parent or teacher can help you, if you explain the criteria by which an essay is graded. If you can’t find anyone to grade your essay, you can use the conversion chart below to get a sense of how you’re doing in the mutiple-choice section.
Raw Score Scaled Score Raw Score Scaled Score Raw Score Scaled Score
60 80 36 55 12 40
59 80 35 55 11 39
58 79 34 54 10 38
57 78 33 54 9 37
56 77 32 52 8 37
55 75 31 52 7 36
54 74 30 51 6 35
53 72 29 51 5 35
52 71 28 50 4 34
51 70 27 50 3 33
50 69 26 49 2 32
49 67 25 48 1 31
48 66 24 48 0 30
47 65 23 47 –1 30
46 65 22 46 –2 29
45 64 21 46 –3 28
44 63 20 45 –4 27
43 62 19 44 –5 26
42 61 18 43 –6 25
41 60 17 43 –7 24
40 59 16 42 –8 23
39 58 15 42 –9 23
38 57 14 41 –10 22
37 56 13 40
In addition to their function as conversion tables, these charts contain crucial information: they tell you that you can do very well on the SAT II Writing without writing a perfect essay or answering every question correctly. In fact, you could skip some questions and get some other questions wrong and still earn a “perfect” score of 800.
For example, in a test of 60 questions, you could score:
Score Multiple-choice right Multiple-choice wrong Blank Essay score
800 55 2 3 12
800 58 2 0 11
750 55 4 1 10
700 52 5 3 10
650 48 6 6 10
600 42 8 10 10
550 36 9 15 8
This chart should prove to you that when you’re taking the test, you shouldn’t imagine your score plummeting with every question you can’t confidently answer. You can do very well on this test without knowing or answering everything. The key is to follow a strategy that ensures that you will get to see and answer all the questions you can answer correctly, and then intelligently guess on those questions you’re unsure of. We will discuss these strategies in the next chapter.
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