Errors may be distracting and may occasionally impede understanding. An introduction and conclusion are discernible but minimal.
A clear focus on the specific issue in the prompt is maintained. Overview These are the descriptions of scoring criteria that the trained readers will follow to determine the score 1—6 for your essay.
Language Use Do you use standard English written grammar? ACT Writing scoring differs from the other test sections in three important ways.
The essay takes a position on the issue and may offer a critical context for discussion. Organization Is your essay organized? Built by Harvard grads and ACT full scorersthe program learns your strengths and weaknesses through advanced statistics, then customizes your prep program to you so you get the most effective prep possible.
Sentences are varied and word choice is varied and precise. The organization of the essay is apparent but predictable. An introduction and conclusion are clearly discernible but underdeveloped. If the essay takes a position, it fails to convey reasons to support that position.
Most ideas are fully elaborated. The organization of the essay is simple. The essay shows some understanding of the task.
Do you use logical reasoning or employ detailed examples to support and explain your ideas? The essay shows little or no understanding of the task. Focus on the general topic is usually maintained, but focus on the specific issue in the prompt may not be maintained.
Ideas are logically sequenced. Development of ideas is specific and logical.
The essay takes a position on the issue and may offer a broad context for discussion. The essay takes a position on the issue and may offer some context for discussion.
The essay shows a good command of language. There are few, if any, errors to distract the reader. Transitions, if used, are simple and obvious, and they may be inappropriate or misleading.
There is little or no evidence of an organizational structure or of the logical grouping of ideas. The organization of the essay is clear: Is your writing organized within each paragraph as well?
Language shows a basic control. Did you do better than average? Focus on the specific issue in the prompt is maintained. You can take the ACT with or without Writing.
If present, an introduction and conclusion are minimal. Transitions, if used, are simple and obvious. Papers at each level exhibit all or most of the characteristics described at each score point.
Ideas are logically sequenced, although simple and obvious transitions may be used. Sentence structure and word choice are simple. The essay shows an understanding of the task. Transitions are rarely used. Errors may be frequently distracting and may significantly impede understanding.
Are ideas separated into their own paragraphs?At the least, shoot for an 8+ overall score for a “good” ACT Writing score. A score of 10+ is an ideal score for applications to selective schools. If you believe your essay has been mis-scored, you may request a re-score for a fee.
The average ACT composite score of reflects the average overall score on the ACT tests.
Let’s take a look at how this breaks down for each of the four tests and the essay (which isn’t factored into your overall score) on the following ACT score chart. Writing Test Scores. Taking the ACT with writing will provide you and the schools to which you have ACT report scores with additional scores.
You will receive a total of five scores for this test: a single subject-level writing score reported on a range ofand four domain scores, alsothat are based on an analytic scoring rubric. Because your total ACT Writing score is the average of your four domain scores, the average domain scores (Ideas & Analysis, Development & Support, Organization, and Language Use) are also likely around 6/12 or 7/12, although ACT, Inc.
doesn't provide specific information about the cumulative percentiles of the domain scores. For example, a score of 30 on the ACT writing test places that same student at the 98th percentile, a full 9% higher performance than the reading score.
Similarly, an ACT subject-level writing score of 22 is over about 10 percentiles above the Composite. For the current ACT administered in the academic year, the average writing score is a 7 on a point scale. For the ACT, the average writing score was a 17 on a point scale.Download