About ACT Exam
- Carefully read
the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
- Do some
planning before writing the essay-You will be instructed to do your
prewriting in your Writing Test booklet. You can refer to these notes as
you write the essay on the lined pages in your answer folder. Do not skip
consider the prompt and make sure you understand it-reread it if you
how you want to answer the question in the prompt.
jot down your ideas on the topic: this might simply be a list of
ideas, reasons, and examples that you will use to explain your point of
view on the issue.
down what you think others might say in opposition to your point of
view and think about how you would refute their arguments.
of how best to organize the ideas in your essay.
- At the
beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand
- Explain your
point of view in a clear and logical way.
- If possible,
discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications or
complications of the issue.
- Address what
others might say to refute your point of view and present a
- Use specific
- Vary the
structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
- Make logical
relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
- Do not wander
off the topic.
- End with a
strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
- If there is
time, do a final check of the essay when it is finished.
- Correct any
mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
- If you find
any words that are hard to read, recopy them so your readers can read
- Make any
corrections and revisions neatly, between the lines (but not in the