Sat essay score--what the heck??? — college confidential

My daughter's overall SAT score is fantastic, but I am completely baffled by her essay score. Although she scored a 770 on the writing component, she only got 8 out of 12 on her essay. We really don't understand what they were looking for. She is an excellent writer--she hasn't received anything below an A on her papers since, oh, 3rd grade, and she has been in all honors and AP courses since she started high school. I don't think her relatively poor essay score will hurt her, because she will be able to demonstrate her ability on the application essays, but I am wondering what on earth the College Board thinks is a good essay? Short, journalistic sentences at the 8th grade level?

Post edited by Massmomm on June 2012