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The ACT Writing Test is an optional, 30-minute test which measures your writing skills. The test consists of one writing prompt, following by two opposing viewpoints. Students are to respond to the prompt by taking a viewpoint and supporting it. Students can choose to either take one side of the viewpoint, or come up with their own viewpoint. Students must sign up for the ACT Plus Writing in order to take the writing test. The writing test follows the four multiple choice sections on the test. The writing test is completely separate of the four multiple choice tests and will not effect your score on these tests to an degree. Students will receive two scores for the writing test. The first is combined English/Writing Score on a scale of 1 through 36, and the second is a Writing subscore on a scale of 2 to 12. Included with your scores, comments will also be given to each individual student on their essay.
Your essay will be graded on the following points: expressing judgments by taking a position on the issue in the writing prompt focusing on the topic for the entire essay developing a position by using logical reasoning and supporting your ideas organizing ideas in a logical way using language clearly and effectively
Pace yourself – you’re given 30 minutes to read the prompt, think of what to write about, organize your thoughts, and write your essay. It is recommended to plan your essay before you start writing. This is recommended since you will most likely not have time to draft, revise, and recopy your essay. Plan – some writers like to simply dive in and start writing the essay without any prior planning. However, for a timed essay, it’s recommended to “pre-write” in order to organize your thoughts, become familiar with the issue, and figuring out how to interestingly introduce and conclude your essay. Review your essay – definitely take a few minutes before the end of the 30 minute session to re-read your essay and correct any grammatical, usage, punctuation, and spelling mistakes.
Building Your Skills: Read and write frequently. Read as much as you can from a variety of sources, including plays, essays, fiction, poetry, news stories, business writing and magazine features. Become familiar with current issues in society and develop your own opinions on the issues. Think of arguments you would use to convince someone of your opinion. Taking speech and debate classes can help you think through issues and communicate them to others. Practice writing in different formats and in as many real situations as possible. Write letters to the editor, or letters to a company requesting information. Try some writing in extracurricular activities. School newspapers, yearbooks, and creative writing clubs offer opportunities to express ideas in writing.
Share your writing with others and get feedback. Feedback helps you anticipate how readers might interpret your writing and what types of questions they might have. This can help you anticipate what a reader might want to know. Learn to see writing as a process—brainstorming, planning, writing and then editing. This applies to all writing activities. Listen to the advice your English teacher gives you about your writing. Strive for your writing to be well developed and well organized, using precise, clear and concise language. Remember that everyone can improve writing skills. Confidence and skill will grow with the more writing you do. Practice and work lead to achievement.
Prompts used for the ACT Writing Test: describe an issue relevant to high school students ask examinees to write about their perspective on the issue As a starting place, two different perspectives on the issue will be provided. Examinees may choose to support one of these perspectives or to develop a response based on their own perspective.
Sample Prompt Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. The standard directions in the second paragraph above are a part of all prompts used on the Writing Test.