My child got a disappointing ACT score but with a 10 in writing. He and we are fairly optimistic that he can improve the ACT score, and he is studying now for a retake. When speaking with GC, we were told he should not retake the writing section. GC train of thought was that yes, he would have to report the disappointing ACT score in order to report the writing, but that colleges would look at the highest of the ACTs reported and not really worry about or consider the lower score.
Of course, there is no guarantee that the score will go up. But I was a little surprised by this advice, as the ACT tutor had advised us to sign up for writing again.
Likely will be targeting mostly LACs but still formulating a list.