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Should You Take the ACT Optional Writing Section?

November 26, 2019

 

Students around the country and preparing for the upcoming ACT exam. ACT tutoring, memorization, and test prep planning is in full force. As a Nashville educational consultant, I know how busy summers can be for Williamson and Davidson county students. A question that I often receive from parents and students is whether a student should take the writing component for the ACT. Although there isn’t a “one size fits all” response to this, students should weigh their decision and make the most strategic choice according to their post-secondary goals. If a student’s first choice school doesn’t require it, then no, there is no need to take the writing section. However, not every student has a specific first choice school. Sometimes it’s beneficial to keep options open. The exam is nearly 3 hours long. To add on 40 more minutes for the writing section may be cumbersome, but it could also be worth it in the long run.

 

My suggestion is to always take the ACT optional writing section. Why? See my top 3 reasons below:

 

1. Many colleges do require it. Why limit yourself to applying to only the schools that accept optional writing scores? You may fall in love with a university, only to find out you are not qualified to apply because you opted out of taking the ACT writing section. The writing section is not offered as a standalone test, so unfortunately, you’ll have to take the entire exam again. Why do this if you can avoid it? To see what schools require the writing section, visit this link.

 

2. It can help differentiate you from the competition. If you submit an impressive score on the ACT writing section, this could be a deciding factor if it’s between you and another candidate. With so many applicants trying to gain admission, it is so important to stand out among the competition.

 

3. It’s 40 minutes. That’s it. That’s not bad and in the scheme of things, it’s worth sitting the 40 minutes as opposed to being limited by schools because you didn’t take the writing section.

 

If you search for “college essay help near me” or “test prep tutoring near me”, you will likely see a list of services. Be sure to understand what the test prep involves and how the tutoring works. Who is conducting the tutoring? What are their credentials? What material will you go over? How many weeks will you need to commit? Like anything else in life-do your research. Academic tutoring in Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, or Nashville, TN (depending on where you live), can be a good first step to preparing for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT. An investment in test prep services and a private admissions coach in Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, or Nashville, TN (the areas I serve) can be worth it in the long run.

 

It’s wise for students to practice strong time-management skills and adequately prepare for the ACT. As part of my college counseling services for Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, and Nashville, TN students, I offer PSAT, ACT, and SAT test prep tutoring to students in Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville, TN. Working with a private college counselor in the Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville, TN area ensures your applications will be strategically presented. Test prep is an important part of college application planning. If you’re looking for ACT test prep, SAT test prep, and PSAT test prep in the Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, and Nashville, TN area, please contact my office.

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