ACT Persuasive Writing

ACT offers a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT for students testing within the United States. The ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The combined information from both tests tells postsecondary institutions about students' understanding of the conventions of standard written English and their ability to produce a direct sample of writing.

The ACT Writing Test:

- collects a writing sample under standardized testing conditions as part of the regular ACT administration.

- complements the ACT English Test.

- provides information about students' ability to express judgments by taking a position on an issue, developing and organizing their ideas, and using language clearly and effectively to express their
ideas in English.

- can be scored with a high degree of accuracy and reliability.

- provides both a Writing Test subscore and a combined score with the ACT English Test (in addition to the English score).

- offers students positive and constructive feedback on their essays in the form of reader comments.

- provides you with online access to images of the essays written by students who report their scores to your institution.

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Activities and Resources:
ACT Writing

Understanding the ACT Prompt

Answers: Understanding the ACT Prompt

Guide to Scoring

Combined English/Writing Scale Scores

The Fast Food Essay

Tools for Instruction:

IPOD Graphic Organizer

IPOD Graphic Organizer - with back side

ACT Graphic Organizers (2)

On Demand Persuasive Writing - Idea Organizer

ACT Writing Samples - Anchor Papers

College Readiness Standards - Link to ACT Assessment

Student Goal Setting Sheet

ACT Persuasive Writing Rubrics:

ACT Writing Rubric Narrative

ACT Persuasive Rubric - Analytic 1

ACT Analytic Rubric - Analytic 2


Grammar and Rhetoric Tools:

ACT Grade Grammar and Rhetoric Charts