Is Taking the ACT with Writing a Good Option for You?
The answer is probably yes.
The vast majority of colleges don’t require writing, but the majority of highly competitive colleges do, which means if you aren’t 100% sure where you want to apply yet (and most juniors taking the ACT are not), you might be limiting your options if you don’t take the optional essay.
But if you are very uncomfortable with writing or don’t plan to apply to schools that require the essay, well, there’s no need to put yourself through another 40 minutes of agony.
Here’s a slightly more detailed answer (and for even MORE detail, watch the video!):
Definitely Take the ACT Essay
…if you plan to apply to colleges ranked in the top 50.
…if you know you would like to apply to at least one college that requires the essay.
Probably Take the ACT Essay
…if you’re not sure where you are going to apply.
…if you can’t or don’t want to take the ACT again.
Probably Don’t Take the ACT Writing Test
…if writing is REALLY not your strong suit. You feel that your score here is going to be much lower than your multiple choice scores.
…you have your list of colleges and they don’t require the essay.
…you’re comfortable either retaking the ACT or foregoing applying to a college that requires the essay if necessary.