ACT instructor Terri K. shows you how to structure the new ACT essay to achieve a high score.

Today, I’m going to give you a safety net to help you structure the new ACT essay. Since last August, I’ve been helping students to
prepare to write the new ACT essay evaluating three perspectives on a contemporary issue public health and freedom, intelligent machines, globalization, genetic testing, drones, etc. It became crystal clear that even the strongest writers were struggling to construct a unified, coherent essay. This organizational strategy will help you to provide all of the elements required to achieve a high-scoring essay.

Here’s a tip: It’ll be much easier in the limited amount of time if you mostly agree with the given perspectives rather than introduce a fourth perspective of your own.

  1. It sets up structure for essay
  2. Body paragraph 1. Evaluation of first perspective that you did not choose
  3. Body paragraph 2. Evaluation of other perspective that you did not choose
  4. Body paragraph 3. Evaluation of perspective that you like
  5. Brief conclusion. Make a final case for your argument

Bonus Tip: Brainstorm and write a brief outline first using this structure.

Bonus Tip 2: Prepare by reading socially relevant editorials in newspaper, magazine, and online. Listen to debated issues

What was your biggest takeaway from these tips about how to structure the new ACT essay to achieve a high score.? Do you have any questions for Alexis Avila?

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