Join Vince Kotchian for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of the ACT essay, part of Test Prep: ACT.
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- [Voiceover] After you finish…the four main sections of the ACT,…you'll have the opportunity to write an essay.…You'll be given a topic…and asked to both write a persuasive essay,…that also compares and contrasts your opinion…with the three provided perspectives on the topic.…So in this video, I'll introduce you to the ACT essay.…So this essay is optional,…it's 40 minutes long, but unless you're sure…none of the schools you're applying to care about it,…then I recommend that you prepare for it and you do it.…Not only is it an opportunity…to show your writing skills to schools,…but, if you don't do it,…I feel like it looks a little bit lazy…to the schools you're interested in.…
So the essay is graded holistically,…which means that each reader assigns it a score…without having an exact checklist.…However, the graders do have specific criteria…that I'll cover in another video.…So the assignment is to present your view…on a topic, compare it and contrast it…with three other views,…and the topic and perspectives are given to you…
- Getting a baseline ACT score
- Preparing a study timeline
- Answering ACT English questions
- Solving math problems
- Answering reading questions
- Working on science questions
- Writing the ACT essay
Skill Level Beginner
1. Welcome to the ACT
2. Preparation and Test-Taking Strategies
3. ACT English
4. ACT Math
5. ACT Reading
6. ACT Science
7. ACT Essay
Overview of the ACT essay2m 26s
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