On test day, you complete the first four sections of the ACT then write your essay. In addition, states that “[a]n image of your essay will be available to your high school and the colleges to which you have ACT report your scores from that test date.” Each ACT essay is scored by two different graders on a scale of 1-6 across four different domains, for a total score out of 12 in each domain.
These domain scores are then averaged into a total score out of 12.
If you get less than 70%, you will pass only if your exam was considered to be more difficult than the average exam.
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.pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover. : The ACT Writing Test from September 2015-June 2016 had a slightly different scoring scale; instead of averaging all the domain scores to get a total ACT Writing score out of 12, the domain scores were combined and scaled into a total score out of 36. announced that starting in September of 2016, the Writing test would no longer be scored on a scale of 1-36, due to the confusion this had caused.This change to out-of-12 ACT Writing scores is still different from the pre-September 2015 ACT essay scoring, since that system relied on graders giving the essay one holistic score (rather than 4 analytical domain scores).The point of the ACT essay is NOT to write a research paper with well-documented facts on a topic.Instead, you're asked to argue in favor of a perspective on the topic and compare your perspective to the other perspectives given by the ACT in the essay prompt; as long as your examples support your arguments, it doesn't matter if the examples aren't 100% true.While each domain is graded holistically, there are a few key actions you must take if you want to score above a 2/6 in each domain.I've extracted these ACTions via analysis of the essay scoring rubric as well as through scrutiny of the sample essays the ACT provides on its website.While your essay receives scores in each of the four domain areas, the domains themselves are graded holistically.For example, in the Language Use domain, there are no guidelines that instruct scorers to deduct 1 point for every 10 grammatical errors.As I go through each domain, I'll be using the following official sample ACT prompt for any examples: Intelligent Machines Many of the goods and services we depend on daily are now supplied by intelligent, automated machines rather than human beings.Robots build cars and other goods on assembly lines, where once there were human workers.