View Full Version : ACT: writing or not?

01-02-2013, 07:02 PM
How important is it to do the writing section of the ACT (which is optional)? I've heard secondhand (someone who may or may not really know) that "good" colleges "won't even look at an ACT without a writing score." Is this really true?

If the writing score pulls down the overall score, I'm wondering if it's truly worth it to do the writing.

Anybody have info, advice, or opionions for me?

Donna in MO
01-02-2013, 08:35 PM
Great question! I'd like to know, too.

01-03-2013, 09:02 AM
You can go to different college websites and see if they require the writing portion of the test. From what we have looked at it most do not, but we aren't looking at huge schools, I'm sure the "biggies" require it (Texas A&M, Yale, UCLA...).

01-03-2013, 06:43 PM

Donna in MO
01-03-2013, 08:06 PM

Perfect! My dd's first choice (and second and third) have all decided it's not needed. :clap: She has a really hard time condensing her thoughts in required essays and wasn't wanting to have to do it on the ACT.

01-04-2013, 07:33 AM

Thank you! This is so helpful. I'm really surprised at how few colleges actually require the writing! Even the most selective colleges in our state, overall, don't require it. This is hugely encouraging. My ds can put an essay together just fine, but has trouble with meeting the requirements that I know the scorers are looking for. He got a 3 or 4 out of 6 last time, and even though he scored very high in English, the writing portion pulled down his score.