<p>Lol...The day before I took my ACT w/ writing I simply read the Princeton Review's section for the writing test...actually, I just skimmed over it. I read how they structured each paragraph and read the sample essay. (Reading this info took like 15 minutes.)</p>
<p>Bah...here, I'll go look it up for you.</p>
1. Intro - Frame the discussion and state your thesis clearly.
2. Body I - Attack the other position. "This example is true, but..."
3. Body II - State a relevant example and explain how it supports your point.
4. Body III - Same as Body II; just use a different example.
5. Conclusion - Restate the thesis and your main points quickly.</p>
- Write as much as possible without being redundant or running out of time.
- Take a strong stance and use a good, personal voice.
- Make sure to mix in some good vocab. (I think it makes the graders think you are a more respectable writer if you can just use a couple good words appropriately. The same goes for using proper grammar/spelling/mechanics. These brownie points can take you a long way. Remember, the essays are graded holistically so giving the grader a good "feel" about your writing abilities is a major plus.)
- Manage your time wisely! Do take a couple minutes before you start to align your response with the paragraphing above. (side note for time management...I didn't leave time to proofread, instead opting to continue writing. I believe this is an acceptable method as long as you make sure you're writing is correct as you go along.)
- This may be the most important... Stay FOCUSED and use lots of specific support!</p>
<p>Anyways, that's what I did. Result: I got a 12 with what I felt was just a mediocre essay.</p>