My R dd and I are wondering how important is it to include key terms from the question in your answer to a timed essay question. Specifically, this relates to whether or not she should include the term "experiment in living" in her answer when it asks about it in the question. She did an excellent job of building her case and explaining around the term, but she didn't use that phrase. So one question is how important is it, especially when a term like "experiment in living" seems to be a TOG specific (?) term. She consciously chose synonyms for this idea, so I know she understands it, but I felt it was still important. Does anyone know if the SAT graders will mark off if you don't include key terms, or if they prefer that you use synonyms to show that you know what it means?
Secondly, on how much to take off. I thought it was important enough to take off some points, and out of 50 points, I took off 2 points (one for not including it at the beginning and one for not including it at the end). I'm not sure if this is a reasonable amount to take off. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any help you can be,