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Ch 47: ACT Writing: Advanced Writing Skills

About This Chapter

Review essential writing skills in your preparations for the ACT. Use these short, informative videos and quick quizzes to be ready for your writing prompt on test day.

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:

  • Voice
  • Focus
  • Diction
  • Style
  • Tone
  • Point-of-View

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.

5 Lessons in Chapter 47: ACT Writing: Advanced Writing Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

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.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

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.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

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.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

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.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

5. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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