Do you have college bound patrons who are planning to take the upcoming ACT exam? Here are some tips for the writing portion of the test:
ACT graders spend less than 5 minutes reading and grading the essay. The most effective way for students to get a good score on this section is to make the graders’ jobs easy: state a clear position, organize the essay logically and use strong examples.
ACT Writing Rubric
Each essay is ready by two graders, each of whom will assign it a series of four subscores, from 1 to 6. The scores are then combined and then scaled into a score of 1–36.
|Subscore||What the graders look for|
|Ideas and Analysis||A well-constructed argument, and/or accurate assessment of others’ arguments|
|Development and Support||Use of concrete examples to support the argument|
|Organization||Ideas presented in a logical order|
|Language Use and Conventions||Clear writing, correct grammar and syntax|
More ACT Writing Tips
- Go Long
Students should aim to write at least four paragraphs spanning two to three pages.
- Mix it up
Students should use varied sentence structure, following long sentences with lots of modifiers and dependent clauses with short, more direct sentences.
- Choose words with care
While students should use the essay to show off their vocab skills, they should avoid being overly flowery or taking any major risks with language. Using a big word incorrectly makes a worse impression on the graders than using a smaller word correctly.
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