An ACT Essay Overview

An ACT Essay Overview

Students often wonder what they can expect on the ACT Essay. The more they know what to expect, the more comfortable the task will be. Well, here are the details of everything you need to know about the ACT Essay.

1. You have 30 minutes to write. This seems like a dismally small amount of time. Don’t teachers usually encourage you to take your time with your writing? Well, on the ACT Essay, they give you a small amount of time because it is challenging. Only the best writers and thinkers can get the best scores.

2. There is a short prompt that *usually* has to do with something school related. ACT knows that it has to give a prompt that every high school student in American can respond to relatively easily. So you don’t have to have an in-depth knowledge of Japanese history or Calculus or anything like that. They will ask you something you know about and probably have feelings about, like school lunches, social media, extra curriculars, and so. You know, something that has to do with high school and teen life.

3. It comes at the end of the whole ACT exam. Just what you needed, right? After taking a 3+ hour exam, you have to write an essay. This is another reason why it’s challenging – you are already mentally tired. It’s okay: you can push yourself for another 30 minutes!

4. It is optional. ACT does not require that you take the essay portion. You probably should take it, however. If you plan on applying to colleges soon, then make sure that you look at what your potential colleges require. Some colleges require this, some recommend it, and others do not want it at all. I recommend taking the essay test “just in case” you decide to apply to a college that wants it.

5. Your score on the essay is separate from the multiple choice composite score. You know that score you get out of a total 36? Well, that includes only your composite for the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections. Your ACT Essay score appears as a separate number, out of 12, on the score report.

6. You will receive a little booklet that contains the prompt, a blank page for outlining, and four lined pages for writing. You didn’t expect them to tell you to bring your own paper, did you? Of course not. They give you everything you need, all together in one packet.

7. You’ll get a total score out of 12. Two judges give you a score out of 6, and their scores are added together. A “good” score is 9 and above. This means that at least one judge gave you a 5, which is good. If you can get a 10, 11, or 12, then you’re a better writer than a large percentage of your peers.

Those are the basics! This blog is devoted to providing you with the most beneficial, powerful, accurate information to prepare you to do well with this challenging task. Read more to discover how you can make the most of this essay, and to get more details about what exactly you can expect!