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Crazy Writing Score?!

loser123456loser123456 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
Hi guys. On the September ACT I scored a 35 (35 on english and math, 34 on reading and science). I thought I did great, but then I received my writing score. A 24?!!!! The new system of grading doesn't combine your english and essay score together, but rather has multiple sections for grading the essay. I got an 8 on the essay. However, I am confident that I am a great writer. I got a 5 on the AP Lit exam and my personal statement is pretty good. I feel like this may have to do with how rushed the scores were to come in for early action deadlines. Will colleges be understanding? Especially ivies :(. Thank you for the input.

Replies to: Crazy Writing Score?!

  • anotherdudeanotherdude Registered User Posts: 390 Member
    Same here man. I got the same writing score, but my composite is a 34. I'm really concerned about it
  • loser123456loser123456 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @anotherdude Maybe if everyone did bad, colleges will understand or realize something is wrong?? Idk :( Perhaps the new system grades more harshly, I'm not sure.
  • bwaygirl1bwaygirl1 Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    My daughter, too! She has a 35 (36 on Science, 35s on everything else) and a 24 on writing. She's a Junior and was thrilled to be done. She hasn't decided if she is retaking it. Her counselor said that if she got a 5 on the English AP(good news for you @loser123456) that she thought that score would compensate. Is it better to devote her time to grades and ECs since she already has a 35 or spend some of her precious time bringing up that writing score?
  • rhandcorhandco Registered User Posts: 4,288 Senior Member
    My son got AP credit for writing from his AP Language and Composition score, but got a 620 on the SAT Writing.

    I just don't think the equivocal type questions they ask on standardized tests are meaningful.

    I also think it matters what major a student is targeting.
  • nej123nej123 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited October 2015
  • bosnianbosnian Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    edited October 2015
    Question: Is ACT using a new scoring method? By my calculations, the average of your scores would be 31.75, so wouldn't you have gotten a 32 instead of a 35? Is writing no longer factored into the composite score? EDIT: It also seems like that would be the case with everyone else who posted in this thread, so I'm even more confused.

    Regardless, a 35 (and a 32!) is an outstanding score, and I've heard schools in general look more at the composite than individual scores so you should be fine.
  • niceokayniceokay Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    edited October 2015
    You probably didn't write how the ACT is graded on. Did you look at the rubric before you took the test? I was taking diagnostics and getting my essays graded in the 20s, despite a high composite score. Then I looked at the rubric before taking the test, and got a 36 on the essay. It's less about how well you write and more about catering exactly to their grading system.
  • loser123456loser123456 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @niceokay Yeah I had a test prep company grade my ACT essays and I always got 12s.. I thought it was really strange. However, it is what it is and I'll be okay.
    @bosnian Yeah, the new system has four writing grades, equal to a total of 36. Rather than averaging english and essay scores, it's just a writing score.
    @bwaygirl1 Well you still have time so I'm sure if your daughter did well one time, she will again. I would consider taking it again. As for me, I don't have any more time haha. But it's okay, an 8 isn't terrible. Nevertheless, I'm sure other writing scores and essays can make up for it.
  • anBoa122anBoa122 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Should I send my SAT to compensate for lowish writing/english on the ACT?
  • loser123456loser123456 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @anBoa122 depends, if your sat's are higher than your act using a conversion chart then yes
  • anBoa122anBoa122 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    @loser123456 Some people say my SAT/ACT scores are similar, but the M+CR on the SAT is much lower than the ACT converted. I have a low CR score on the SAT that I did much better on in the ACT too.
  • loser123456loser123456 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Since you did better on the ACTs no doubt you should send them in @anBoa122
    However, you can also send both scores if you feel like it would give admissions a more full picture.
    I would ask your guidance counselor.
  • anBoa122anBoa122 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    @loser123456 Thanks for the good advice!
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