I read this today: The SAT writing test teaches students how not to write. And it amazes me that we want to teach our children how to write, but we lack the infrastructure to give them the attention that they truly need. The author says this about the 'graders' of the essay portion of the test, which counts for 11% of your overall grade: So there you have it, if you take more than three minutes to grade an essay, your fired. If you can do it in two minutes, you get rewarded. Also, they are only giving it a rating of 1-6. So they suggest you put in your essay a quote, a few big words and a couple made-up anecdotes and you'll get a good grade. Apparently, content or facts don't matter, either. Just make it look pretty.