Students Worried About Low ACT Essay-Writing Scores

on May 26, 2016

The Washington Post has reported that changes in the optional essay section of the ACT are leading to low scores for top students.

The ACT says that scores in the essay section are not meant to be compared to scores in other sections. The essay section also does not contribute to the overall composite ACT test score. Nevertheless, students are finding the dissonance between the scores to be disconcerting. Some students have reported increases in scores on the essay section of 10 points or more after asking the ACT to re-score their essays. (The ACT charges a $50 fee for this service.)

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