Over the last half year, there were major changes in the world of college admissions testing . The SAT returned to the outdated 1600-point scale, did away with the mandatory writing section, and caused it to be optional instead. The ACT changed the scoring scale for its own optional writing exam and the ensuing scores caused an uproar among test-takers that has yet to die down. As an admissions counselor here at College Coach, I’ve had countless students ask me about the importance of the writing score, and I’ve observed a lot of stress over lower-than-anticipated scores on the writing section of these exams. Below is the advice I’ve been giving over these last few months.