14-year-old claims to have cracked the secret to SAT essay exam success

ABC News reports:

A new study contends that if you write a longer SAT essay, you will get a higher SAT score, regardless of the content of your essay.

But that’s not the most surprising thing about the study. No, the most unusual thing is that this study was conducted by a 14-year-old high school student who is in the process of taking the test himself…

It turns out there is some very grown-up support for Milo’s conclusion.

“The more you write, the higher the score. The more words on the page, the higher the score,” Les Perelman, the director of writing across curriculum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said.

Perelman found he could predict an SAT essay’s score 90 percent of the time just by looking at the length.


The College Board, administrators of the SAT, disagree with Milo’s findings.


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