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ACT Writing: Advanced Writing Skills - Chapter Summary
Our video lessons and quizzes will assist your review of the advanced skills necessary for writing a top-notch essay. Brush up on the following topics:
Organize yourself for the test with these informative lessons and quizzes, while getting additional practice in responding to writing prompts and completing timed essays.
ACT Writing Objectives
Some schools don't require the writing portion of the ACT. Make sure that you check with the college of your choice to see the requirements. You'll have 30 minutes to plan and write your essay for the ACT. Your topic will be an issue raised through the writing prompt, for which you'll take one point of view. Your writing should fulfill the following important objectives:
- Maintain focus on your topic
- Organize ideas logically
- Develop a position with logical support and reasoning
- Express judgments by taking a position
- Use clear and effective standard written English
These video lessons, quizzes and writing practice will help you sharpen your advanced writing skills and excel on test day. Two evaluators will read your essay and each rate it from 1-6. Your writing sub-score will then be the sum of their ratings (2-12). You'll also receive an additional score that combines your English and writing scores. The evaluators may also make comments on your essay. Your writing score doesn't affect your ACT composite score that is based on the multiple-choice tests.
1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.
2. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
3. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
4. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
5. Active and Passive Voice
You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.
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