About This Chapter
ACT Writing: Overview - Chapter Summary
The writing portion of the ACT takes 30 minutes to complete. During this part of the exam, you'll be given a single writing prompt and asked to describe your views on the issue presented. If you'd like to learn more about what to expect from this part of the test, take advantage of video lessons outlining strategies specific to writing ACT essays. Instructors also show you what characteristics will factor into the score you receive. Lessons cover the following:
- Test structure
- Scoring guidelines
- Question formatting
- Essay writing strategies
Instructors teaching this ACT writing chapter discuss the topics listed above in short, entertaining video lessons lasting between five and ten minutes each. If you'd like to access writing tips while working on an essay prompt of your own, lesson transcripts allow you to view this information at a glance. There are also self-guided multiple-choice questions you can use to make sure you've got a solid understanding of the information covered here.
ACT Writing: Overview - Chapter Objectives
Scores on the ACT writing test can be used to supplement your college application and show off your composition skills to prospective schools. It can also be used to apply to colleges that require scores on this test as part of the admissions process.
Begin preparing for the exam with this chapter's video lessons. Knowing what to expect can help you put together a sound test-taking strategy and make the most of the essay planning and practice exercises found in some of our other lessons.
1. What is the ACT Writing Test?
Worried about the optional essay (the writing test) on the ACT? Not sure if you should take it or not? Learn what the ACT writing test is, how it's scored, and who should sign up for it.
2. ACT Writing: Strategy
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and tricks for tackling the ACT essay, whether you're a literary superstar or a science whiz just trying to get by. Learn what the prompt is asking for and how to structure your essay in response.
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