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Re: Writing SAT experiment

It was my oldest son who wrote "I just wanted to know if this thing
worked." over and over (5 sentences per paragraph and three paragraphs). He did
it because his brother, who couldn't write his way out of a paper bag, had
received a great score on something he had done in the automatic scoring
program. My oldest then went back and put in the first page or so of a
Stephen King novel. It didn't score as well as his original "I just wanted to
know if this thing worked." If I recall right, King's paragraphs failed.
We were not sure how it worked other than that it looked to see if there
were sentences and the spelling was right (like Word does). Anyway, our
school system stopped using it after I showed them the results.
Mickey VanDerwerker

In a message dated 12/16/2010 3:11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
dkeikoa@hawaii.rr.com writes:

Does anyone remember the story about a kid who wrote a random sentence over
and over and was able to score a passing grade on a computer-scored
test? We're trying to understand how it is possible to get immediate
computer-scored results from constructed responses on an online
test? Our "restructuring provider" was trying to convince us of how the
written response must have had key words in it that the computer picked up
on. I find it hard to believe.

Anyone know how it's done?

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