Are SAT Essay Scores Accurate?

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My son took the SAT with writing a few months ago. He plans to take it again once he's able to, but we have a question about the writing part. My son got a 1600 on the SAT but only a top score of 4 for the essay section. This seems like a big discrepancy to me if the best score possible is an 8 and a student with a perfect SAT only got a 4 on his best essay work. Are these scores accurate? How do they come up with the scores?

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