What is the ACT?
The ACT is an entrance exam accepted by many colleges and universities to position students for success after high school.
The ACT test is prepared for the 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade levels. There are four act test sections: English, Reading, Math, Science and an optional 40 minutes Writing Test.
ACT Test Dates for 2022-23
How to Write Argumentative Essay
In this lesson, you will learn all you need to know about how to write an argumentative essay for the ACT.
In your writing test, you will be asked to read a prompt and write an essay in which you develop your own perspective on an three provided perspectives and any viewpoints of your own.
You will be scored based on how well you understand the issue given, the purpose for writing, and the audience.
In your essay, be sure to:
-clearly state your own perspective on the issue and analyze the relationship between your -perspective and at least one other perspective
-develop and support your ideas with reasoning and examples
-organize your ideas clearly and logically
-communicate your ideas effectively in standard written English
Keep in mind that you have only 40 minutes to get familiar with the prompt, plan your essay, and write it out.
Do’s and Don’ts for an ACT Essay
Do spend time:
1. Keep writing as much as you can without including repetitive or unrelated information.
2. Re-read the first and last paragraphs (they attract attention the most).
3: Be sure you have transitions.
Don’t spend time:
1: Thinking of ‘bright’ sounding evidence- examples from your own life.
2: Trying to correct every error—the grammar and spelling do not have to be perfect to score a 12.
3: Writing as many vocabulary words as you can—you only need enough to keep away from repeating the same basic words or sentences many times.
Sample Essay for the ACT Test
The prompt for this essay asked about the implications of adults enjoying things that used to be only for children. Perspective 1 says that understanding “kid stuff” helps adults understand children, Perspective 2 argues that adults should be mature role models instead, and Perspective 3 contends that adults harm kids by invading their spaces.