The ACT Writing Section

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • February 11, 2020

The ACT Writing section is optional, but some schools require it—be sure to check your prospective schools’ application instructions. The team here at Test Innovators wants to ensure you are fully prepared for all parts of the test, including the Writing section.

The ACT Writing section includes one writing prompt. The prompt describes a complex issue along with three different viewpoints on that issue. You are required to evaluate and analyze the three different viewpoints, explain your own viewpoint on the issue, and describe the relationship between your viewpoint and the three viewpoints provided.

For the Writing section, you will receive a score in these four areas:
1. Ideas and Analysis
2. Development and Support
3. Organization
4. Language Use and Conventions

You will also receive one subject-level score that is the average of the four area scores. Scores for each area and the subject-level score range from 2-12.

It’s important to take a few minutes to plan your essay before writing. Take the first 3-5 minutes to read and reread the prompt and to jot down some ideas. A good essay is an organized essay. The next step is to write! Make sure you leave 3-5 minutes at the end to read over your essay and make any necessary revisions.

Here’s a general guideline:
3-5 minutes: read the prompt and make a plan
30-34 minutes: write
3-5 minutes: reread your essay and make revisions

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