The ACT Essay is Changing in September 2015

essay testGuest blogger Amy Rodriguez of Excellence for College has timely information about the ACT changes.

Students will see a completely different ACT Writing Section (Essay) on the ACT test offered on September 12, 2015. So why is it that none of the students I talk to have heard anything about this?

Well, it’s time to get the word out, since the essay will be much more complex and challenging.

So what has changed?

  • The prompts are no longer directly related to student or teen life. They now focus on much more general issues.
  • Three perspectives are given and students must provide insight and analysis on each one of them.
  • Students can no longer take a simple one-sided stance on the topic. To get a high score, students must develop a complex and nuanced argument.
  • The time limit has been increased from 30 to 40 minutes.
  • An overall writing score of 1-36 will be given. And 4 domain scores of 2-12 will be given in the following areas:
    • Ideas and Analysis
    • Development and Support
    • Organization
    • Language Use and Conventions

Get started in preparing for this new “Enhanced” Writing Section by writing a practice essay today. Find a practice prompt here.

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