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What kind of topics can we expect on the ACT essay section?

Hey folks, I'm a little bit stressed about the ACT essay section. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of topics I might encounter in the writing portion of the test? I want to be prepared as possible. Thanks a lot!

7 months ago

Hey there! No need to stress about the ACT essay section. Generally, the writing prompt will present you with an issue that has diverse perspectives. You'll be asked to evaluate these perspectives and develop your own stance on the issue. The goal is to showcase your ability to analyze the various viewpoints and present a logical, well-supported argument.

Topics can vary widely and often touch on issues related to society, education, technology, or politics. However, they will always be broad enough for you to apply your personal experience, knowledge, or opinion. For instance, the prompt could be about the impact of social media on communication, the effectiveness of standardized testing, or the role of technology in the classroom.

To prepare for the essay section, consider reading op-eds or articles on current events to familiarize yourself with different perspectives. While practicing, make sure to focus on structuring your essay, including an introduction, body paragraphs with clear arguments and evidence, and a conclusion that restates your main points.

Remember that ACT essay scorers are primarily interested in the clarity of your thoughts and your writing skills, rather than the content of your response. Practice writing essays on various topics within the time limit so you can get comfortable with organizing your thoughts and ideas under time pressure.

Best of luck with your preparation!

7 months ago

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