Yale drops SAT, ACT essay requirements

By Anastasiia Psnova | Yale Daily News. Yale will no longer require applicants to submit essay scores from standardized tests, starting with high schoolers applying for admission to the class of 2023. The University announced the new policy on Friday in an email to high school counselors. In the letter, Quinlan emphasized that students who […]

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SAT Essay Policies by-State, by-Institution

(The College Board)–The new SAT Essay is a lot like writing assignments you’ll see in college. It asks you to read a passage and analyze how the author constructs a persuasive argument. You’ll have 50 minutes to complete your response. Quick Facts The SAT Essay is optional, but many colleges require or recommend it. If […]

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How a teacher bombed the SATs

(Boston Globe) By James S. Murphy– I HOLD A PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. I’ve taught students to write at Emory, Berkeley, and Harvard and picked up three teaching awards along the way. I have published more than two dozen pieces in national publications, including The Atlantic and Vanity Fair. In May, […]

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How to Score High on the SAT Essay

(Education Week) By Walt Gardner– Although the new SAT makes the essay optional, almost two-thirds of test takers in the spring went for it (“How a teacher bombed the SATs,” The Boston Globe, Jul. 14).  The essays were rated by two scorers on the basis of reading, writing, and analysis.  The scores were added up for […]

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