I still cannot figure out why the College Board added the Writing section to the SAT. I really think the members of the College Board made a bad decision. What was wrong with offering Writing as a separate SAT II for those students who were applying to schools that required it?
Furthermore, as far as I know, many competitive colleges and universities have not followed the College Board’s lead. In other words, they have not made the results of the Writing section an important part of their admissions thinking. Kudos to them.
That is, they’re not ignoring the scores but they’re also not giving them the same weight that they accord to the Critical Reading and Math sections. What we’ve been telling new-SAT takers is this: If you do well on the writing test (as you did), it will work in your favor, but if your scores aren’t all that hot, don’t lose too much sleep over it. - College Confidential
Adding the Writing section has only made the SAT a longer more onerous test. In fact, I have seen many students settle for overall SAT scores that are below their potential, simply because they cannot bear the thought of retaking a test on a Saturday morning that takes over five hours to administer. I think the members of the College Board should (a) swallow their pride, (b) admit that their good intentions led to a bad decision, and (c) revert to the old SAT format that included only Math and Verbal.