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Tackling the Writing Process for the ACT Exam

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Welcomed by some students, dreaded by others, the newest section of the ACT Assessment is the Writing test. The Writing test measures your ability to craft an essay in a relatively short period of time and on a topic you won’t be aware of in advance. Thinking and forming ideas quickly, writing well, and working systematically and efficiently will all serve you well on this portion of the ACT Assessment. This chapter will help you prepare for this new section of the ACT.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Terms you'll need to understand:

  • Drafting

  • Editing

  • Revising

Concepts you'll need to understand:

  • Proofreading

  • Topic

  • Viewpoint/opposing viewpoint

What to Expect on the ACT Writing Test

Welcomed by some students, dreaded by others, the newest section of the ACT Assessment is the Writing test. The Writing test measures your ability to craft an essay in a relatively short period of time and on a topic you won’t be aware of in advance. Thinking and forming ideas quickly, writing well, and working systematically and efficiently will all serve you well on this portion of the ACT Assessment.

The ACT Writing test is generally considered to be optional until the Fall of 2006, but you may need to take it before then if it is required by a school to which you are applying. Check with your favored schools and see what their policy is concerning this part of the test.

You might want to take the writing test even if it is not required by your school or schools if you are confident in your writing abilities. Most colleges and universities will look at your score on this part of the test regardless of whether they require it.

Those students who elect to take the writing test begin it after the ACT Assessment is completed. You’ll take a short break and will be directed to return to the testing room and take this portion of the test.

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