Tips & Strategies - ACT Writing Section

Each section of the ACT is challenging and requires a plan to earn your Personal A+™
  • The essay is optional but we encourage all students to take it. Many universities now request an essay score.
  • Higher scoring essays tend to be at least 1 1/2 – 2 pages in length.
  • Grammar counts!

Selected Tips & Strategies

  • The ACT essay is given as the last section. You will have 40 minutes to plan and write a coherent essay.
  • You must use clear penmanship, correct grammar, and accurate punctuation. If your essay looks like a 3rd grader wrote it, you will be scored accordingly.
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