I am a junior and I took the ACT last fall and was very happy to learn that I received a 35 composite score. Unfortunately, when my writing score came back two weeks later, it was an 8. It was my fault because although I prepped for four weeks for the exam, I never even looked at how to write the essay. I just figured that I was a pretty good writer and didn't need to prepare for it. After getting the 8, I read over the writing section in the review book and realized that answering the essay is pretty formulaic, none of which I followed.
I have always felt that I didn't want to be one of those test warriors you see on CC but my English score was a 33 and now my combined English and writing score is a 30 according to ACT. This is on the very low end for Harvard and especially troubling for me because I am Asian.
Has anyone had experience with submitting a low writing score and been successful in being admitted? Have any of you that applied RD this year submitted an 8 or lower writing score? Should I retake the test? I really don't want to but I don't want Harvard to think I can't write well. Any help you can provide me would be very much appreciated!