The SAT’s new writing exam will encourage students to write short, shallow essays, writes Will Fitzhugh on Education News.
This is the sequel to the SAT II writing test, for which students have in the past spent up to six hours preparing a generic essay with which they can respond to any prompt, for instance with the help of tutors at the Chyten organization in Boston, who charge about $165 an hour.
The new test will add pressure to students already working on their micro-mini autobiographical “personal” essays which they need to submit to many college admissions officers when they apply to college.
These writing exercises then have to be added to the creative and personal and journal writing so highly preferred by many educators over the traditional old-fashioned term papers.
Students don’t prepare for college work by writing navel-gazing essays, Fitzhugh argues. His Concord Review publishes history research papers by high school students.