SAT "Writing Score"-- Different from Essay?


Jan 23, 2017
Hi all!

I am a current high school senior, who will be applying for the class of 2022. Long story short, I didn't apply b/c my parents discouraged me from applying. I'm honestly not sure exactly what I want, but I do know that you miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so in the mean time I'm applying for the Air Force Academy. :)

Obviously I've already taken the SAT. I'm working on filling out my nomination forms right now and it asks for three types of scores-- SAT Verbal, SAT Math, & SAT Writing. I scored 1480 (730 math & 750 "evidence-based reading and writing.") What is this writing score-- is that the essay, or is that the tw0-digit "writing and language" subscore? Which one is the senator asking for? And in general with USAFA-- do I need to take the SAT with essay for admissions at any point? I did take the SAT with essay once and got a total of 18; but my best "writing and language" subscore is 38, which obviously is way better.
Not everyone has updated forms to match the 'new' SAT scoring. On DS' nomination app we just wrote in the essay score [eg 7/7/6 out of 8]
You have to send your official scores to MOC anyway; just make it clear as you can on the app form - no harm in attaching an unofficial printout of your scores from SAT website.