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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How to Craft a High Scoring ACT Essay

How to Craft a High Scoring ACT Essay

Here is an easy to follow explanation of the ACT essay and the easy to follow template to make sure your teen gets a high score! What's the format like? The 40 minute essay format demands persuasion and analysis.  Students are provided with 3 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. What's the best way to prepare for the essay? The initial step in preparing is to examine the sample essays posted by ACT. There's a prompt on the site that provides 6 sample essays from the lowest scoring to the highest. Reading these will give you a good understanding of what qualifies as  poor - superior essay. There is also an additional essay prompt for you to practice with. Here are some easy to follow tips to help you structure your essay: Begin your essay with an opening that alludes to...
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