However, she was quick to add, “Not requiring the essay is in no way a reflection that writing is not a critical skill,” but rather that the university felt writing skill was well represented in grades from English courses and the essays that students already have to submit for their applications.
In 1926, a more modern version of the SAT was refined out of an intelligence test given to Army recruits.
And an even more recognizable SAT was established in 1952 when the verbal sections we know and love were formed: reading comprehension, analogies, antonyms and sentence completion questions.
On their website, The College Board offered their reasoning, saying, “a single essay has not contributed to the overall validity of the assessment.” College admissions officers began to cool to the idea of the impromptu essay relatively immediately, back in 2005.
“As a predictor of student success, a 25-minute essay isn’t going to tell us a great deal,” said Stephen J.