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Prepping for ACT writing questions

Hi all, I've been doing some ACT prep, but I'm struggling a bit with the writing section. Does anyone have any tips or resources for tackling ACT writing questions and how to structure my essay? Thanks!

7 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're working on your ACT preparation. The writing section can be challenging, but with the right strategy and practice, you can improve your performance.

To approach ACT writing questions effectively, I'd recommend following this basic structure:

1. Introduction: Begin with a clear and concise introductory paragraph that presents your position on the issue. Make sure to address the prompt directly and provide a brief overview of the points you'll be making in your essay.

2. Body paragraphs: Aim for 2-3 well-developed body paragraphs that each focus on one point to support or refute the prompt's issue. Begin each paragraph with a clear topic sentence and then provide relevant examples, evidence, and reasoning to support your point. Be specific with your examples and make sure they are relevant to your argument. Avoid being repetitive or going off-topic.

3. Counter-argument: Include a paragraph where you address the opposing viewpoint or potential counterarguments to your position. This demonstrates a mature and comprehensive understanding of the issue. Be fair to the opposing side, but provide reasons as to why your perspective remains stronger or more valid. This can be included either as a separate paragraph or within one of your body paragraphs.

4. Conclusion: Wrap up your essay with a solid conclusion that restates your position and briefly summarizes your key points. Emphasize the significance of the issue and why your perspective is the most appropriate one. Avoid introducing any new information or arguments in the conclusion.

As for resources, there are quite a few available to help you practice ACT writing. The official ACT website (www.act.org) offers several sample prompts, as well as tips and guidelines for the writing section. Additionally, consider using test prep resources like CollegeVine, which offers free guides and practice prompts for the ACT writing section, as well as detailed advice on structuring your essay.

Remember, the key to success in the ACT writing section is practice. Keep working on writing essays in response to practice prompts, and ask someone to review your work and provide feedback. This will help you refine your writing skills and become more accustomed to the time constraints of the exam. Good luck with your preparation!

7 months ago

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