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ACT April 2017 - an 8 writing score

Senior2018Senior2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I'm a junior and this was my second time taking the ACT. February 2017 - My first composite score was a 33 (E34, M32, E35, S31 - essay: 8). April 2017 - My second composite 34 (E35, M33, E36, S31 - essay 8).
I'm usually great with essay writing and I'm a little disappointed with my writing scores. I'm happy with my composite score, so I'm done taking the ACT. What score have you gotten on your ACT writing?
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Replies to: ACT April 2017 - an 8 writing score

  • perspectivestudeperspectivestude Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    Same. Composite 35 and writing 8.
  • Senior2018Senior2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @perspectivestude, congratulations!
    They seem to be tough with the writing scores !
  • mohammadmohd18mohammadmohd18 Registered User Posts: 401 Member
    I got an 8 on writing and 34 the first time, 9 and 35 the second time...here's hoping for 10 and 36 next time ;)
  • MSHopefulMSHopeful Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    My DD took the ACT in Apr 2016 when they still scored writing out of 36. She got a 24 (88th percentile) but her composite was 34 and she had sub-scores E34, M31, R35 and S35. She decided against taking it again and risking a lower composite just to boost the writing, plus a lot of schools said they didn't factor in the writing portion. She is definitely a strong writer so not sure what happened. Her low-ish writing score didn't seem to affect her admissions at all.
  • Samim35Samim35 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    34 C and 9 in the writing!!
  • GMKoonGMKoon Registered User Posts: 548 Member
    30 C 9 W
  • srlillysrlilly Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    My D got a 34 C, 8 essay and was accepted to Princeton and Stanford. She's an excellent writer, but that skill set came through in her application essays and AP scores. Her mediocre ACT writing score did not impact her admissions success at all.
  • Senior2018Senior2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @MSHopeful what schools did she get accepted to?
  • Senior2018Senior2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @srlilly Congratulations!
    Question: Did she also take any SAT Subjects? If yes, which ones and how did she do?
    I'm going to use the summer hopefully to prepare for 2 SAT subjects - Math II and US history.
    I go to a very small private school and no AP classes. I would love to go to an Ivy League or Standford but not too many people go from my school.
  • MSHopefulMSHopeful Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    @Senior2018 She did. She took three as she was applying to Georgetown. She got Lit 740, USH 780, and French w/ Listening 610 (French only sent to four schools). She was accepted to Columbia (attending), Georgetown, USC, UCLA, UCSB, Tulane, Fordham, George Washington, and Howard. She was waitlisted at UPenn.
  • MSHopefulMSHopeful Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    @Senior2018 Oops sorry I thought you were asking me about the subject tests but you were asking srlilly.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 5,367 Senior Member
    8 is fine. No need to retake.
  • srlillysrlilly Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    @Senior2018 She took 3 tests (French w/listening, US History & Latin) and her scores were 790, 760 and 750. Good luck!
  • JMS357JMS357 Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    I got a 32 on the 2015 ACT with 34's in English and Math, 30 in Reading, and 31 in Science. I don't recommend you retake the ACT to get a higher writing score. You may bring down your other scores in the process, and when I last took the ACT, there is no superscore policy.
  • Senior2018Senior2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @JMS357, thanks for the advice At this point I'm not going to take it over just for the writing. I'm going to concentrate now on studying for the SAT subjects.
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