Why I worry about essays for the new SAT

An essay that does little more than restate the question gets a 1. An
essay that compares humans to squirrels — if a squirrel told other
squirrels about its food store, it would die, therefore secrecy is
necessary for survival — merits a 5 [a good score]. Brian A. Bremen, an English
professor at the University of Texas at Austin, notes that the writer
provides only one real example. Nevertheless, he says, the writer
displays "a clear chain of thought" and should be rewarded, "despite
his Republican tendencies."

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