If you are considering college in the next few years, you are probably interested in learning a little more about the ACT.The ACT is one of two tests that most colleges require as part of the admissions process.
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The ACT Writing section (new as of September 2015) is the only optional part of the ACT. A number of colleges do require it to be included with the rest of your ACT scores as part of their application process (if you want to check if your dream school is one of them, you can use the ACT’s own College Writing Test Requirements search tool to find out).
If any of the schools you’re considering require you to take the ACT Writing Section, you definitely need to know what constitutes a good ACT Writing Score.
Then, use our handy ACT Essay Grading tool to find your score: All right, now you know what your ACT essay score is. This is always a tricky question, because the easy answer is that you should try to get the highest score you can. Of course, a lot depends on the schools to which you apply (this thorough rundown on ACT scores has more info).
Generally, the more selective the school, the higher your score should be to be competitive. First off, remember that the ACT Essay is now scored from 1-6 in four categories by two graders. You then receive a final ACT Essay score from 2-12 that is the average of these four scores.
When not discussing grammar or reading passages, she can be found trying every drink at her local coffee shop while writing creative short stories and making plans for her next travel adventure!
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It’s a good idea to aim for at least the 75th percentile, so in this case a good ACT writing score would be an 8 or above (16 or above on the old ACT).
A 10 or above would put you in the 97th percentile, which is great!