Statement from The College Board, Creator of the SAT Test
Nov. 5, 2010 — -- This research project is a terrific example of how students can prepare for college success - by diligently applying themselves in a challenging high school environment. Students who apply themselves academically and pursue rigorous course work are also more likely to perform well on the SAT.
It's very common for longer writing samples to more effectively convey nuanced, persuasive arguments, so it's not surprising to see that these students, who attend one of the finest high schools in New York City, received higher SAT essay scores by thoroughly explaining their points of view.
Our own research involving the test scores of more than 150,000 students admitted to more than 100 colleges and universities shows that, of all the sections of the SAT, the writing section is the most predictive of college success, and we encourage all students to work on their writing skills throughout their high school careers.