steelerfan513 wrote:Many schools disregard it completely, but I'd guess that just as many consider it in admissions.
Although I do agree that it's a pretty poor indicator of one's writing ability. It measures your overall ability to construct sentences and a decent argument, but that's about it. Once you've practiced writing that type of essay enough times, you're guaranteed to get an 11 or 12 (out of 12).
I agree with you 100%. I've taken the practice of the SAT a good 4 times. My score has only gone up and I feel very comfortable about actually writing a great essay for the SAT on March 1st. My scores have gone up from 7s and 8s to 9s and 10s. I feel very confident about the essay part of the test. Now for the rest of the writing sections, the force must be with me