Colleges have been given no guidance by College Board on how to use essay scores for admission. There are questions throughout the SAT that fall into these categories.
When the only options are 1, 2, 3, or 4, the consequence is predictable—readers give out a lot of 2s and 3s and very few 1s and 4s. The response demonstrates general and vague word choice; word choice may be poor or inaccurate.
Has a wide variety in sentence structures. This asymmetry of information is harmful to students, as they are left to speculate how well they have performed and how their scores will be interpreted.
Raw scores are converted to scores on the — point scale. While those colleges will not receive score distribution reports from the College Board, it is not difficult for them to construct their own statistics—officially or unofficially—based on thousands of applicants.
In other words, you cannot cherry-pick which sections you want to send to a college. You still must send all test sections, and there is a chance an admissions officer might see any lower scores, but formally they only review the highest scores. For example, the essay is only one section but is given multiple scores, the range is not in the range, the score is not added to your composite SAT Score, and the essay is graded by two people.
Compass expects even more colleges to drop the essay requirement for the classes of and Has variety in sentence structures. Score of 2 Demonstrates little or no cohesion and limited skill in the use and control of language.
While initially a little confusing, these scores can be valuable in determining your skills and knowledge.