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Look, I know that you might not be super excited to write the ACT Essay.
However, because I'm not a huge fan of the ACT's sample essay (it includes misspellings and is light on examples and structure), I have also written my own example of a perfect-score ACT essay. The ACT has released two free sample PDF essays in the new format, in addition to the 3 in the new book.
You can find them here and here (scroll to pages 54 and 55 of the new ACT diagnostic test).
In fact, your dread of the ACT Writing section may mean that you’re not even that excited about taking the ACT.
But how would you feel if I told you that I’ve totally figured out how to change that? Today, instead of talking about how to get a perfect 12 on the ACT Essay, we’re actually going to talk about how you can succeed at the universe’s all-time greatest school: Hogwarts.How should we think about conflicts between personal health and public freedom?"Overall, I would say that this is a positive change, even if it is a rather transparent (and abrupt! The irony, of course, is that the SAT changed its format to more closely mirror that of the ACT, to which it is losing market share as students are increasingly opting out of the SAT to take the ACT instead. A couple of reasons: it gives you 10 more minutes to write, and instead of having to come up with your own perspectives on the question, they are provided for you already, and you can take your notes directly on the page, circling and underlining key terms and using them to structure your outline. Mc Elroy Founder and President, Mc Elroy Tutoring Inc.On the other hand, if you already have some experience with the ACT Essay, you may want to start with the guide to improving your score, or even with the template for a high-scoring essay.Just to make it easier on you, here are links to some of the exciting places in this post where you can start your journey to the perfect ACT Essay!Instead focus on completing the essay, ensuring it contains every important key idea, some support for each of the key ideas, and a clear conclusion. In theory, if you can make a coherent, persuasive argument within the time limit, it doesn’t matter how many or how few paragraphs you have (as long as you have paragraphs–writing all in one big blob is no good).With your eyes on that prize, distractions will melt away, and you’ll speed up instead of slowing down. The more practical answer, though, is ALL HAIL THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY.Big news: in an effort to make the test more accessible, and compete with the new SAT, the ACT has turned its Essay (Writing) section into a multiple-choice test. You are then asked to evaluate the different perspectives on the issue, to provide your own perspective, and to explain the relationship between your perspective and at least one other perspective, using examples, analysis and logic. As you may have heard by now, the ACT is changing the format of its Writing Test (a.k.a. Instead of 30 minutes to write, you are now given 40 minutes to write, and instead of being given only a prompt and an assignment, you will now be provided with a prompt, an assignment, and three different perspectives on the essay.What are the main ideas in the introduction and the three perspectives given. And which ideas can you ignore and leave out of your essay, while still making your essay as complete as possible? If you try maintain top quality while rushing to beat the clock, you will fail.And as you feel yourself failing to write a perfect essay, you’ll start to feel upset and distracted, and you’ll slow down.