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The New ACT Essay FAQs

The ACT Writing section (aka the essay) is brand spankin’ new starting with the September 12, 2015 ACT exam, with a scoring update starting with the September 10, 2016 ACT: see the scoring section below! Here are our expert answers to your most pressing questions about the ACT writing prompts so you can write an ACT essay worthy of the Pulitzer on your upcoming test.

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What’s the difference between the old and new ACT essay question?

In short, the new ACT essay prompt asks students to do a lot more. The old essay asked test-takers to consider issues such as whether or not students should be required to wear school uniforms or whether or not fast food chains should be required to post nutrition information. In other words, as the ACT puts it, it was an exercise in persuasion. The new essay is an exercise in both persuasion and analysis. Students are given three perspectives on an issue and asked to “evaluate and analyze” the three perspectives, “state and develop” their own perspective, and “explain the relationship” between their perspective and the given perspectives. They can choose to agree with one of the provided viewpoints or may come up with their own.

This is a lot to ask high school students to do! Particularly in a timed writing situation (the silver lining is that the ACT is giving you a little more time to do it…see below!). This makes it all the more important to have a strategic approach to make sure you hit all of the required parts of the question in an organized, well-written essay. Keep reading for our best tips on how to do this.

Where can I find ACT essay examples?

You can find an official sample ACT writing prompt here. We’ve also made you an additional sample essay prompt to practice with here.

UPDATE: You can find another practice essay prompt released by the ACT in the 2015-2016 Preparing for the ACT guide here.

How can I prepare for the new ACT essay?

Practice planning and drafting an essay based on the sample ACT essay prompts above. Do them within the time limit. Then review the ACT sample essays posted by the ACT on the official ACT prompt and the rationale for the scores they received. Review the rubric the graders will be using. This knowledge is power. Remember, you are writing for the graders, so give them what they want.

What are your top tips for success on the new ACT essay?

After poring through the sample essays and grading guidelines for the new ACT essay, here are my conclusions on what will help you get your best score:

  • Make sure your introductory paragraph introduces the perspectives provided in the prompt and ends with a thesis statement that states your own perspective and why you believe it.

For example, based on the released ACT example prompt on Intelligent Machines here, this could potentially be your introduction:

Although intelligent machines might cause us to question what makes us human, it is too extreme to say that they cause us to either to lose our humanity or push us to become super-human. Humans and machines can work in concert: machines can be employed to take on tasks that are menial, tedious, and time-consuming, leaving humans free to work on tasks that require a human mind and spirit.

Notice that the first sentence summarizes the first and third perspectives in the prompt and the thesis statement agrees with the second. This sets up a structure for your essay in which you will evaluate the three perspectives and explain why you agree with one of them.

  • Choose one of the given three perspectives to agree with (at least mostly) and avoid the option to present your own.

With three different perspectives to evaluate and a limited amount of time to write, you are going to be able to cover more ground if you choose to agree with one of the provided perspectives. Three viewpoints is already a lot to evaluate. If you choose to present your own viewpoint, this means you now have to elaborate on FOUR perspectives. You can get a perfect score by agreeing with one of the given perspectives. Don’t make your life harder.

  • Know your essay structure in advance. Here’s one organization strategy that should work well if you follow my advice to agree with one of the perspectives.
    • Brief intro paragraph (2-3 sentences)
    • Evaluation of the first perspective you did not choose with specific examples
    • Evaluation of other perspective you did not choose with specific examples
    • Evaluation of the perspective you agree with and further development on why you agree with it using specific examples (this should be a longer paragraph than the first two, or it could be split into two paragraphs)
    • Brief conclusion (approx 2 sentences): make a final case for your argument

This structure ensures that you answer all three parts of the question: evaluating the three perspectives, developing your own, and explaining the relationship between your perspective and the others.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: In the Fall of 2016, the ACT announced that students are no longer required to address all 3 perspectives; they just need to address their perspective and AT LEAST one other perspective. Until we have more information on essay scores received this fall, we are sticking to the advice above so that you have plenty of material to analyze and thus boost your “Ideas and Analysis” score. However, if you have trouble with finishing the essay on time, I suggest you only address one other perspective and then go into your perspective (so 4 paragraphs total); you cannot be penalized for that!


  • Give VERY specific examples

This has always been the case on the ACT essay. For each of the three perspectives, make sure you give specific examples. And the more specific they are, the better. You don’t need a lot–two or three good ones do the trick. Examples from historical and contemporary events and circumstances tend to go over best. Personal examples can also work, but graders seem to be biased towards outside examples–they seem to carry more weight.

  • Leave time to proofread at the end

Since “Language Use” is its own separate grading category now, it is worth your time to catch any errors you may have inadvertently made while writing quickly.

Is the new ACT essay still optional?

Yes. Students can still choose whether or not they want to take the essay, and it will still be the last section of the test for students who choose to take it. As always, keep in mind that many colleges require or recommend the ACT with Writing, so know your potential college requirements before registering for the test. If you are not sure, you can register for Writing and drop it before the test date if you change your mind (you can even do that on test day, but you won’t get a refund).

Is the scoring the same as the old essay?

Note: This information has been updated based on the ACT’s announcement in June 2016 that the ACT essay will be going back to a score from 2-12 in September 2016 instead of a score from 1-36.

The history is a little complicated. Here’s the breakdown of how the scoring has changed on the ACT Essay, and how it will be scored now:

Old ACT Essay (pre-September 2015): Students received an essay score from 2-12. This was based on the combined score of two graders grading the essay holistically from 1-6.

New ACT Essay (September 2015 through June 2016): Students received a scaled score out of 36 (similar to the other multiple choice sections of the test). They also received what are called domain scores out of 12 in four categories: Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions. These scores did not add up to the overall score, but were intended to give students and schools more information on the writer’s strengths. Two graders independently scored students out of 6 on each of the four domains. These points are added up to a raw score, which was then converted to a scaled score out of 36. Students also received an ELA score, which combined their essay score with their score on the ACT English multiple choice section.

New ACT Essay (September 2016 onwards): The ACT decided to go back to an essay score range of 2-12. This is largely because of the confusion (to put it nicely) and outrage (to put it less nicely) the new scaled scores caused. Scoring the essay on a scale of 1-36 naturally resulted in students comparing their essay scores to their multiple choice section scores, since the score ranges were the same. The ACT says this is not what it intended, and, in fact, percentiles were drastically different for different scaled scores on the essay than for the same scaled scores on multiple choice sections.

So now, we are back to a range from 2-12. But this does not mean the new essay is scored holistically.

Rather, two graders will individually score students from 1-6 on the four domains: Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions. These scores will be added together between the two graders, and the final ACT essay score from 2-12 is an AVERAGE of all the domain scores. Students will still receive an ELA score, which combines the essay score with their score on the ACT English multiple choice section.

How can you grade your practice ACT essay?

Follow the official scoring rubric from ACT, and ask a trusted friend/teacher/parent to do the same. Be as objective as possible as you grade—you won’t do yourself any favors by inflating your score!

Then, use our handy ACT Essay Grading tool to find your score:

ACT Writing Test Scorer

Click the button below to get started:


What is the time limit for the new ACT Writing section?

The ACT knows it’s asking you to do more, and so it is giving you a little more time to think and plan than it did on the old essay. The time limit for the old essay was 30 minutes. You will now have a 40 minute time limit to write the new ACT essay.

Can Magoosh help me with the new ACT essay prompts?

You bet we can. Magoosh ACT online prep is available with video lessons on how to completely destroy the new ACT essay and sample writing prompts to practice with! And don’t forget to keep your eyes on our blog here for all the latest intel on the ACT as soon as we get it.

(Email help@magoosh.com for more information about Magoosh’s ACT prep options.)

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About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's sites are full of awesome, free resources that can be found by students prepping for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agony and bliss of trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

40 Responses to “The New ACT Essay FAQs”

  1. Emily Guo says:

    How do you connect all 3 perspectives and where would you do that in the essay?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Emily! You don’t necessarily have to connect all three perspectives together; although it would be a nice touch to include some connections in transitions in your topic sentences of each paragraph, For example: [first paragraph on intelligent machines increasing efficiency]; second paragraph topic sentence: “Although machines may increase efficiency, this efficiency comes at the price of damaged human relationships.” These transitions between paragraphs are probably the best place to indicate what you see as the relationships between the perspectives, but this is not required. What is necessary, however, is that you explain how your perspective connects to one or more of the perspectives. If you choose to wholly agree with one of the perspectives, then the job is done for you, but if you are choosing to modify one of the perspectives, then when you transition into your own viewpoint, you should indicate HOW your perspective is modifying that one. Overall, however, based on what I’ve seen from the sample essays, I wouldn’t worry too much about connecting the perspectives over analyzing each of them independently with specific examples. This seems to be FAR more important!

  2. Alice says:

    Where can I find more practice prompts for the new essay?

  3. Alice says:

    When will more practice prompts release for the enhanced act writing test?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Alice! The only two official ACT practice prompts that have been released are linked above along with the free sample prompt we’ve made at Magoosh. As of now, I am not sure when the ACT will release further sample essay questions, but I wouldn’t expect any before the September test :/. We also have two additional sample essay prompts for students to practice with along with hours of lesson videos on strategies for the new ACT essay in our ACT prep product: act.magoosh.com! 🙂

  4. Colin says:

    Hi Kristin,

    Do you think that using iBT TOEFL writing topics would be a good idea to practice New ACT Writing?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Colin, well there are two writing tasks on the TOEFL. The first task, which asks students to analyze and evaluate a reading passage and a lecture excerpt gets a little bit at the analytical skills the ACT wants to test, but it is quite a different prompt. You aren’t supposed to include any opinion. The second writing task, which asks students to express their opinion on a debatable issue is more like the OLD ACT essay prompt, which asked students to express their opinion as well. Those essay questions wouldn’t have been bad to practice with for the old ACT essay, but they aren’t great for the new one.  While all writing is good practice, I think your time is better spent focusing on questions that are more like the new ACT essay. You could practice this by using a website such as procon.org or idebate.org, looking at various points of view on debatable topics, and then writing an essay in which you evaluate three of them and explain your own. Basically, it’s like you are creating your own ACT questions like the example prompts linked above. At the very least, looking at different points of view on debatable topics will help you think about things from different perspectives (even if you don’t write full essays on them). Hope that helps!

  5. Jolie says:

    Hi Kristin, I’ve been seeing that we have to write about why someone wouldn’t agree with each perspective (the cons). Is that something you would suggest to do in each paragraph, or is it enough to just transition to the next paragraph where you’re talking about an opposing perspective?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Jolie! I’m not sure I completely understand your question, so let me know if not. But I think what you are asking is whether or not you need to look at both sides of an issue when analyzing each perspective. For example, if the perspective is “intelligent machines help us with menial tasks,” (and you agree with it) do you need to both explain both why machines help us with everyday tasks but also why somebody might say they are a hindrance or not worth it, etc.? From what I’ve seen from the ACT, the graders are most concerned with you supporting your own perspective. This means that you do not need to necessarily address both sides of the issue (or the opposing side). However, just like on the old essay, it can often be helpful to address counterarguments directly. For example, let’s say you anticipate someone arguing that automated checkout lines are more convenient and faster, you could say “Even if automated checkout lines seem to make the shopping process go faster, most stores now employ human cashiers to monitor them and solve problems for customers; thus, they do not eliminate the need for human oversight.” Again, I am not sure that totally answers your specific question, so let me know if not! But the bottom line is to concentrate on using the perspectives to support your own. Agree with the ones that agree with you (and provide supporting examples) and disagree with the ones that don’t (and provide supporting examples).

  6. aishwarya says:

    while evaluating a given perspective (the perspective which has not been chosen by me) do i have to write the positive as well as negative aspects
    or just providing a relevant example in favor of that perspective will do the work

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Aishwarya! You do not necessarily need to write about the positive and negative aspects of each perspective. You could, but you don’t have to. Instead you can choose to either support or challenge each perspective, depending on what makes the most sense regarding your perspective. Your perspective is the most important thing, and you don’t want to undermine it. So you can make a choice to write about the positive OR negative aspects of each perspective. And, yes, make sure you back that up with example(s)! Does that help?

  7. Ryan says:

    Hi Kristen,

    I have a quick question regarding the structure of the new ACT essay. It your explanation, you suggest we have an intro in which mentions all 3 perspectives (with the one you agree with being your thesis), a paragraph designated to each perspective, and a conclusion. My specific question is in regards to the paragraphs designated for each perspective. Do you have to attack the perspectives you do not agree with? I understand that you have to defend your perspective, but I’m not sure if that warrants one to attack the other perspectives. Should we just mention them as other opinions that people have, or explain why they are wrong in their designated paragraphs (somewhat like a counter-argument within that perspective’s paragraph)?

    I’d appreciate a quick response, thank you,

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Ryan, 

      That’s a good question. No, you do not necessarily have to attack the other perspectives. A good example of this is the sample essay that received a score of 6 (from one grader, so the highest possible score) on actstudent.org: http://www.actstudent.org/writing/sample/six.html. That student agrees that machines improve efficiency, but this is not enough to warrant their negative impact on our humanity. In other words, this student is QUALIFYING the other perspectives. Even though he or she agrees that machines have positive benefits, this does not outweigh their drawbacks. Of course, if you definitely disagree with a perspective, you should feel to say so as well. Does that answer your question? Let me know if not! 🙂    

  8. David says:

    Hi! I was wondering if the reasons/examples used have to be true or they can be completely made up?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi David (and Jonas)! personally I think it’s better to use true examples. This is not only because it’s a more honest approach, but because the graders who are scoring your essays online have an Internet connection. So don’t make up quotes or anything they’d be able to fact-check. That would put you in a REALLY bad position. Now, granted there are a lot of clever students out there who have pulled a fast one on the graders (or their teachers) this way. It’s quite possible you won’t get caught, but why risk it? If you ARE going to make something up, it’s certainly much safer to do so on personal examples (the graders won’t know anything about your experience trying out for the basketball team, for example). But personal examples tend not to come across as strong as examples from outside your personal experience. But they are certainly better than nothing! I certainly know the panicked feeling of looking at a topic and having your mind go blank and feeling like you have nothing to say. But once you take a deep breath and start working through your prewriting and outline, ideas will hopefully start to come to you. If you are totally at a loss, embellishment from your own life can work. For example, let’s say you see the ACT’s prompt on Intelligent Machines and think “Computers have been so frustrating to me so many times!” but can’t think of the perfect example, so you combine a couple life experiences into one concise, coherent story for an example. That’s fine. But if making up examples becomes your go-to strategy, then you miss out on the opportunity to think up examples that the graders will be able to relate to in their own lives as well, and these kind of examples often work better for students, particularly on the new ACT essay.  

      • Christine says:

        Hello, so you mean, I don’t have to comment on all the perspectives?? Commenting on the one I agree with is okay?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

          No, you do definitely need to comment on all three perspectives— that’s central to the ACT Essay task and directions. But you don’t need to argue against all three perspectives. You just need to explain how the three perspectives in the essay prompt are related to your own perspective. You may partly or even fully agree with one or more of the three perspectives– and it’s OK to express agreement. Or to qualify a perspective by saying something like “I agree with this in some ways, but I disagree in other ways,” or “I agree with this perspective, but I also think that…” It’s also OK to express complete disagreement of a perspective, of course— how you analyze and respond to each perspective is really up to you. Does that make sense?

  9. Jonas says:

    Hi Kristen,

    I had a quick question regarding the usage of examples and reasons to support your claims. 
    Do these examples have to have resulted from actual historical experiences that actually took place 
    or are you allowed to give examples that may not necessarily be true?


  10. Jennifer says:

    I was wondering, will other prompts always include 3 perspectives? 

  11. Gabi says:

    Hi, Kristen,

    When you said 2-3 examples, is that per paragraph?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Gabi!  Good question! No, I mean throughout your essay. For most people this is going to mean 3 examples (1 for each perspective/paragraph), but you could potentially have more examples or use the same example for multiple paragraphs if it makes sense to return to it. It’s definitely worth noting that the highest scoring sample essay on actstudent.org only includes two examples in the entire essay, but they are sound ones and supported by good reasoning.  

  12. Sehaj Gupta says:

    Hi Kristin!

    I was wondering what the optimal length of the essay should be. Like in the SAT, people say that one and half pages can get you a good score.  Applying the same analogy, one would assume that we should write atleast 3 pages for the New ACT. What are your thoughts?

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Sehaj, that’s a GREAT question. It seems like most top scoring essays on the new essay question are about 475-550 words. Now I know you can’t count your words on the test, but you can in practice to see how close you are to that mark! It’s going to depend on how large you write (and honestly if you have teeny tiny handwriting, I would aim to make it a little bit bigger for the test because graders do seem to be slightly biased towards longer essays, and they aren’t counting words either–only eyeballing it). As a rough rule of thumb, I would aim for filling two pages in your test book and more if you can!   

  13. Jay says:

    In the sample essay response to the prompt that ACT published, there doesn’t seem to be any specific examples, but it still has a perfect score. How is this so? Am I just not seeing the examples?

  14. Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

    Hi Jay, that’s a really good observation! If you look at the essay that got 5s across the board, you can see that the specific examples in that essay are much more obvious than in the one that got 6s across the board. My thoughts are that this student is getting a boost from his/her sophisticated analysis and critical thinking–and this is hard to achieve if you aren’t an A+ writer. There are “examples” in the essay: depressed job market, automation in banking, computer processors and artificial intelligence…but you are right that they are not as specific as “this can be seen in the example of the cotton gin.” This writer is getting points from the development of his/her reasoning integrated with these general examples. However, it doesn’t mean that to get a perfect score you should be more vague. It’s much safer to have specific examples AND solid reasoning. But what you can learn from the perfect score essay is that it is more important that your examples are being effectively employed to support sophisticated reasoning (even if they are more general) rather then necessarily going into depth about them. 

  15. Nick says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I got a 17 on the September ACT (First time ACT used the new essay) and I was told that for the first time they graded it they would be grading it much harder then they normally would. I was curious if this was true, and if so how is that score in comparison of a “good score”?


    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Nick, I know of no reason to believe that the ACT would necessarily grade the new essay harder the first time around. Part of the rationale for moving to the scaled scoring (out of 36 even though there are actually 48 possible points to receive) on the essay is to ensure that students’ essay scores are more fairly compared against other students writing on the same essay. However, I am going on limited data as to what this actually means–the ACT hasn’t released the scaling guidelines from the test so we can’t be really sure which raw scores received which scaled scores yet. As far as what is a “good score” on the new essay, we also have limited information on that. Colleges do not typically release information on average essay scores from accepted applicants; in fact, many schools don’t look very hard at the essay score at all. I expect this fall most of them are equally confused about what to make of the new essay. My best guess based on the new scoring system and past averages is that an average ACT NEW essay score is going to be somewhere around the 19-21 range–but again, this is not based on official data! Hopefully we will know more soon!

  16. Mary Akbar says:

    Hi Kristin, 
    I am highly confused! I am giving the ACT this Saturday and I have not practiced the new prompt well enough. What I have understood is that in the first paragraph we mention all 3 perspectives but support the one that we agree upon. Then in the next 2 paragraphs we mention why we disagree with the other two perspectives and finally in the 3rd paragraph we mention why we support the perspective we have chosen. We then conclude with the perspective we have chosen. Do we have to just attack the other two perspectives or do we have to do qualified appreciation? Also, can we agree on 2 perspectives, both either positive or negative, and disagree with the third one.

    Thank you!  

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Mary,

      You may not necessarily want to disagree with all three perspectives; it depends what perspective you choose to agree with. Because there are three perspectives, chances are you may find two that tend towards either a positive or a negative view of an issue, or simply two that you agree with. This is totally fine. Don’t feel like you need to attack all of the perspectives. In fact, you may even choose to acknowledge that ALL of the perspectives make valid points, but make an argument that the perspective you chose is the BEST one. But anyway, I hope I am not making it more confusing. I suggest that you make it clear which perspective you agree most with because according to the graders the MOST important thing you do is state your own argument. So this is why I suggest you choose one and go with it; if you just talk about how everything is ok in all the perspectives, then you will have no real argument. And that will hurt you.

      So in your thesis statement (the last sentence of your intro paragraph) make sure you make an argument for the perspective you most agree with. If you are looking at our sample here http://magoosh.com/hs/act/2015/act-writing-prompt-for-the-new-act-essay/, maybe that might be “Selective censorship is worth the risk of restricting some freedom of speech in favor of protecting children and national security.” This is in agreement with Perspective One and states a clear argument.

      So then in paragraph two, I can talk about perspective two–maybe I say it has some valid points, maybe I say it’s completely wrong, but I am always thinking about supporting my own argument throughout the essay.

      Same thing with paragraph three, except dealing with perspective three.

      Then in paragraph four, I argue full force for perspective 1.

      Brief conclusion in paragraph 5.

      Does that help at all?

  17. Jenny Yu says:

    Hi there,

    For the new essay, would it be more sophisticated to stay clear of first person throughout?  And also direct references such as “Perspective One,” “Perspective Two,” etc?  

    Thank you!

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Hi Jenny, first person is completely acceptable if you are giving personal examples to support your opinion. For example, “In my city, frequent construction strikes inhibit….” But yes, I’d say if it doesn’t make logical sense to use first person, then you can probably make arguments without it. For example, saying, “Intelligent machines are improving efficiency in our world” rather than “I believe intelligent machines are improving efficiency…” would likely result in more compelling-sounding arguments. Regarding your second question, it doesn’t seem that students are penalized in any way for using “Perspective One” etc. (Think of it as being similar to when you are writing an essay in school and you would refer to your sources as “Smith believes that…” or “According to Jimenez….” but in this case you don’t have anything to go on other than “Perspective One” or “Perspective Two.” I agree with you that it sounds a bit awkward though and if you can avoid it, you should try to just summarize the major claim instead. But if you feel it would help clarify which perspective you are referring to, don’t hesitate to use it. This would be much better than the graders not realizing you are responding to a certain perspective. Hope that helps!

  18. Yessen says:

    Hi, some people say that new act writing will not be added to ACT multiple choice resault.
    Writing score will just stay alone and does not affect to other 4 sections. Is it true?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      You’re correct, Yessen! Because the ACT Essay is optional, it doesn’t affect your composite score for the other four ACT sections.

  19. Nikki says:

    I’m having trouble coming up with specific examples for the perspectives… What should I do? Also, should I use personal pronouns such as “me” and “I” for my examples or should I use “people…”?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      It’s common to have trouble thinking of specific examples when your’e faced with this essay prompt. It really can help to see how other people come up with specific examples, which is why Magoosh encourages ACT preppers to check out the ACT’s official set of sample essays from test takers. These sample essays can be seen here. Obviously you’ll want to look at the essays that scored a 5 and 6 for the best models of ACT writing. Still, the 3 and 4 scoring essays (especially the one scored at a 4) have some strengths you can look to as well– see the ACT scorer commentary for details on this.

      Regarding the use of first person pronouns, there is no strict ACT rule for this. But it is worth noting that the top scoring essays on the ACT’s official page for example essays avoid the use of “I,” using words such as “people” instead. In contrast, the 1 and 2 point essays do use first person pronouns. So it’s probably best to avoid them. In general, first person pronouns are seen as less academic in tone.

  20. Lia says:

    Hello – I read about the September 2016 ACT Essay scoring changing from 36/36 to 12/12 now.
    Is there any change in the prompt itself? Will it still ask me to analyze all three perspectives and the relationship to my own perspective?
    I’m so confused and worried that the essay will be different than the recent change.
    Please if you can provide a detailed outline as to how to answer the new essay prompt. I really appreciate it!

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