The optional ACT Writing test is designed to measure how well a test taker understands a given issue and multiple perspectives and can use that prompt as the basis for a well-written argument. Test takers are allotted 40 minutes to read a prompt, take a perspective on the issue described, and support that perspective with evidence and reasoning while referencing one or more of the given perspectives.
ACT Writing essays are scored on four domains of writing:
- The Ideas and Analysis domain measures the ability to generate productive ideas and engage critically with multiple perspectives on the given issue.
- The Development and Support domain measures the ability to discuss ideas, offer rationale, and bolster an argument.
- The Organization domain measures the ability to organize ideas with clarity and purpose.
- The Language Use and Conventions domain measures the ability to use written language to convey arguments with clarity.
The timed nature of this section also rewards both reading and writing speed along with critical test taking skills like focus, endurance, and answer awareness.
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