Write copious nonsense, ace the SAT

The new SAT essay allegedly rewards students for writing badly, so long as they write at length:

the test encourages wordiness. Longer essays consistently score higher. Shortly after the test was first administered in March, I looked at scored samples that were made public, including the set used to train graders. I discovered that I could guess an essay’s prescribed score just by looking at its length — even from across a room. One verbose sample that received a perfect 6 concluded with the ridiculous sentence: “If secrecy were eradicated, many problems, such as internal division, but also possibly hate, might also be eliminated.”


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