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Act essay writing

kbbm24kbbm24 Posts: 540Registered User Member
edited January 2010 in ACT Preparation
I did fairly poorly on my SAT essay-an 8, and on the ACT, i am hoping for a 10 or 12
What is the best way to improve this score/practice for writing-is it just to practice prompts?
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Replies to: Act essay writing

  • 123collegeforme123collegeforme Posts: 175Registered User Junior Member
    SAT and ACT look for completely different things in their essays.
    ACT's scoring:
    ACT Writing Test : Scoring Guidelines

    This is how I did it and i got a 12:
    Write 5 paragraphs: Introduction (last sentence thesis), Body 1 (proving your point), Body 2 (proving another point), Body 3 (counter argument, but making sure to show why your argument is still better), Conclusion (wrap it all up)
  • Mini VanMini Van Posts: 173Registered User Junior Member
    I too, would appreciate any writing advice. D received good score on the exam, but not so good on the writing. This is quite ironic as I felt this was her strength. She said she had some issues with the time. Also, I think she focused on varied sentence construction, transitions, etc. and didn't produce a lot volume wise. Do you believe volume written has an impact? Any more writing advice to raise score is appreciated.
  • NEPatriotsFan92NEPatriotsFan92 Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    Don't worry too much about the writing.
    The composite is the important score.
    I don't think any schools report the average accepted writing score of their students.
    I think some top schools, like Caltech and Univ. of Chicago don't even require it.
    It's not a big deal......that's my opinion
    good luck.
  • nk9230nk9230 Posts: 776Registered User Member
    is a 30 composite with a 10 on the essay good?
  • NEPatriotsFan92NEPatriotsFan92 Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    very good, you should already know that from looking at the percentile ranking for a 30 composite.
    the writing score does not count for much
    good luck to you.
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