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How Does ACT Essay Length Affect Your Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 25, 2015 8:00:00 PM

ACT Writing

There's not a whole lot of information out there on how essay length affects ACT Writing scoring. Are longer essays better? But the essay scoring rubric doesn't say anything about essay length, so maybe it doesn't matter? Fear not - your questions will be answered in this article.

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ACT Writing Rubric: Full Analysis and Essay Strategies

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Aug 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT Writing

What time is it? It's essay time! In this article, I'm going to get into the details of the newly transformed ACT Writing by discussing the ACT essay rubric and how the essay is graded based on that. You'll learn what each item on the rubric means for your essay writing and what you need to do to meet those requirements.

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Why You Shouldn't Copy Skeleton Templates for the SAT/ACT Essay

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Aug 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

SAT Writing, ACT Writing

Creating your own essay skeleton can go a long way towards helping you prepare for the SAT or ACT essay. Having an essay template ready to go before you take the test can reduce feelings of panic, since it allows you to control at least some of the unknowns of a free-response question. It can even be helpful to look at other people’s essay skeletons to get an idea what your own essay template should look like.

But when does using an essay skeleton go from a great idea to a huge mistake? Keep reading to find out.

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The New Enhanced ACT Writing Test (2016): Complete Guide

Posted by Laura Registrato | Feb 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

Did you know that the ACT Writing Test changed dramatically in Fall 2015? You might not, because people haven't talked about it much, but it changed the ACT and possibly standardized testing in general. It's scored based on all of the old ACT's criteria, but also on a number of new concepts.

We've written the most comprehensive guide available on the new ACT Writing section. Keep reading to find out how you can prepare for and ace this new test.


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ACT Writing Prompts: The Complete Guide

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Feb 13, 2015 2:30:00 PM

ACT Writing

It's pretty scary to walk into a room on ACT test day and not know anything about the essay question you're about to answer. Luckily, you don't have to—the ACT essay prompts only ask about a teensy, tiny category of ideas. And the best part is, you already know all about it!

Keep reading to see sample ACT Writing prompts you can practice with. More importantly, we also teach you how to gather evidence before the test so you can walk in 100% prepared to answer any prompt they give you.

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