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Does a lower ACT Writing score affect admissions odds?
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So my writing isn’t the best, and when I signed up to take the ACT with my school, I was unaware that I was signing up for the ACT plus Writing. When I was taking the exam, I figured I could just submit the remainder of my ACT score and just not my writing score when sending test scores, so I wrote an essay that would pass but was not my best work. I scored an 8/12, which isn’t bad but it’s not great compared to the rest of my ACT scores, and I learned I have to send that score because they all get sent together. Will scoring a tad low change my admissions odds/be considered in admissions?

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4 months ago[edited]

Just make sure you write and submit killer essays. An 8 is like borderline for Ivy's/Elites. I don't think it will matter very much. I'm guessing you are not applying as a humanities major like English or Journalism. I got an 11/12 but no one ever said to me that that was something memorable about my ACT score.

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4 months ago

Just make sure to write great essays that ANSWER the prompts. Also, an 8/12 is not bad. Remember that most schools are now test optional and that you may not have to submit writing for all of your schools.

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4 months ago

Lot of the schools now say that writing is not considered. Donot think that will have any impact.

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4 months ago

No if you have good ECs and gpa

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