I was just talking to Debbie S, who reminded me that a passage from one of my books appeared on an SAT critical reading section. I think it was a section of Animals in Translation, but I don't recall at the moment and can't seem to scare up the email she sent me with the passage attached).
Meanwhile Debbie is no slouch in the professional writing department, either. Her book will be published by a major house, and her advance puts her in a small and select group.
We both have 10s.
I think other writers should take the SAT and see how they do. We can compile a database. I'm serious: I'd love to see how 'real writers' do on the SAT essay. I'm guessing we'd see a lot of 10s.
Actually, I'd like to see professors take the SAT. I'd be willing to wager a small sum of money that college professors would consistently score lower than top-scoring high school students.
I'm not exactly sure why I think this, but I imagine it has to do with the K-12 grading I've been dealing with over the years.*
*grade deflation posts