How to Craft the ACT Essay

How to Craft the ACT Essay

The 40-minute essay format demands persuasion and analysis. Students are provided with three perspectives on a topic and asked to "evaluate and analyze" the perspectives, "state and develop" your own perspective, and to then "explain the relationship" between the 3 perspectives and their own. Here's a sample from ACT.org Intelligent Machines Many of the goods and services we depend on daily are now supplied by intelligent, automated machines rather than human beings. Robots build cars and other goods on assembly lines, where once there were human workers. Many of our phone conversations are now conducted not with people but with sophisticated technologies. We can now buy goods at a variety of stores without the help of a human cashier. Automation is generally seen as a sign of progress, but what is lost when we replace humans with machines? Given the accelerating variety and prevalence of intelligent machines, it is worth examining the implications and meaning of their presence in our lives. Perspective One: What we...
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Now That I Have My Teen’s PSAT Scores . . . How Well Did My Teen Do?

Now That I Have My Teen’s PSAT Scores . . . How Well Did My Teen Do?

Your teen's score report will not just reveal a single reading, math and writing score but several subscores. Now that I have my teen’s scores, will we be able to see the test booklet? Scores were released online December 11-13 (depending on the state being accessed from). Schools decide how and when to distribute the test booklet, typically prior to winter break. So now that you have your teen’s PSAT score report in hand, what do all of these scores mean!? Each of the assessments in the PSAT Suite reports a Total Score which is the sum of the two section scores – Evidence-Based Reading and Math. The score ranges per section from 160 – 760. Each section is made of of three Test Scores : Reading, Writing/Language and Math: The scores ranges from 8-38. NOTE: The Section Score is created by adding the Reading and Writing/Language Test Scores and multiplying that number by 10. The Math Test Score is multiplied by 20. The Total Score comes...
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