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Okay, so on the ACT last June I got an 11/12 on my essay. The comments were "Your essay showed recognition of the complexity of the issue by partially evaluating its implications. General statements in your essay were well supported with specific reasons, examples, and details". However, on the October ACT I got a 9/12. The comments included the same ones and "Your essay showed recognition of the complexity of the issue by addressing counterarguments. Some varied sentence structures and precise word choice added clarity and interest to your writing."
How on Earth would my essay score go down 2 points even though I have more positive feedback?! Did the graders just not like the stance I took on the topic since it was political or something as subjective as that?! This brought my English score down from a 35 to a 32!!! I'm sorry that this has turned into a rant, but this is just bs! Furthermore, is there any recourse I could take because it's not that I think I'm such a great writer, it's just that objectively speaking, based on the comments, I should have at least broke even if not have gotten a 12. I also was the only person in my school to get a 5 on AP English Lang. Again, I don't deserve a high score based on this but still, I know how to write essays. (Don't worry, I had better grammar on the essay)