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36 composite but 8 writing...should I retake?

nihao12345nihao12345 6 replies3 postsRegistered User New Member
I'm aiming at ivy league schools.
From what I've heard, I can't send only the composite score but not the writing score. If this is true, should I retake the ACT (and with or without writing)?
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  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 1207 replies24 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    According to PrepScholar with the Ivy league colleges , half require the ACT Writing section (Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale) and half leaving it optional (Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown).

    I personally wouldn't stress too much about a 8/12 on the writing section and I certainly wouldn't retake the ACT just to get a 9 or 10 on the writing section. I would spend the time on other sections of your college application like essays, continue to get strong grades the first half of senior year, make sure to apply to many match and a few safety colleges, and lastly TRY to enjoy your last year of high school. I'm sure you will have some great college choices come spring 2020.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38463 replies6723 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    According to PrepScholar
    People should not take Prepscholar (or any other secondary source) at face value. Stuff changes. Always check the university's website.

    All of these schools dumped the essay portion requirement last year.

    No, don't retake. Work on other aspects of your application.
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  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 1207 replies24 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    skieurope wrote: »
    According to PrepScholar
    People should not take Prepscholar (or any other secondary source) at face value. Stuff changes. Always check the university's website.

    Yes, and that includes advice given on CC
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  • PublisherPublisher 7598 replies79 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Do not retake an ACT score of 36. If concerned about your writing score, then just spend additional time polishing your application essays.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 667 replies8 postsRegistered User Member
    edited August 1
    Schools are putting less and less value on the essay/writing portions of standardized tests, to the point where they are barely meaningful outside of CA schools (IMO). They get much more from your essays and writing samples than from an extremely time-limited essay on a surprise topic.

    There are many, many better ways to spend your time. Including sleeping in on a Saturday morning.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33094 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 1
    And if you do submit the writing, because it's part of the test you did take, they can easily ignore it.
    But the issue is that, if you're not clear on what these colleges ask for in testing, you need to make certain you understand the rest of what they want and look for. That's from what they say and show on their own websites.
    edited August 1
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