Wondering about the new SAT essay scoring rubric

The complete new SAT essay rubric looks a little intimidating at first glance. However, it repeats the same themes again and again. We’ve included a few key elements here, but you can reference an abridged version of the College Board’s rubric at the end of this blog.

The SAT essay rubric states:

The complete new SAT essay rubric looks a little intimidating at first glance. However, it repeats the same themes again and again. We’ve included a few key elements here, but you can reference an abridged version of the College Board’s rubric at the end of this blog.


iRubric: SAT Timed Essay writing rubric - P55CB7: RCampus

Wondering about the new SAT essay scoring rubric? We’ve got that, and more!

The other piece of the puzzle (apparently this is a tiny puzzle) is making sure you are able to back up your point of view and critical thinking with concrete evidence. The SAT essay rubric says that the best (that is, 4-scoring) essay uses “” This means you can’t just stick to abstract reasoning like this: