ACT Scores

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  1. sm3316

    sm3316 Member

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    What is an average writing score on the ACT? I got a 34 composite but my writing was only a 17
     
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    I got a 32 composite and a 25 in writing and got accepted. Not sure about average.
     
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    I thought the ACT writing was on a 0 to 12 scale?
     
  6. FloridaToUSMA2021

    FloridaToUSMA2021 USNA 2021 Appointee

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    It used to be. It changed to be the same as the others for this year.
     
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    I got a 30 Composite and a 20 on the writing. I am not a very good writer, but I still expected more...
     
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    They changed the ACT writing scale last year to be the same as the other sections. The writing test itself is different too.

    I can not remember who told me this, but I do believe that someone at USMA indicated that, although the writing component is required, and you need a score, it isn't weighed to the same extent as the other sections, and a score well below your overall composite wont kill you. The other ACT sections will carry the day.

    I know that my sons writing score was several points below all or his other ACT sub scores, and when anyone went over his application with us no one ever even mentioned that it was an issue at all. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if they barely score it at all. But I'm not sure.
     
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    That's my point. The grading scale has changed.
     
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  10. sm3316

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    This is what a poster said several months ago:

    So I'm a cadet with the Class of 2018 and as a member of the Cadet Public Relations Council I ended up sitting at a table with Colonel McDonald (Director of Admissions) and MAJ Smith (Great Lakes Regional Commander). We were discussing admissions with a bunch of educators in the Thayer Hotel and COL McDonald mentioned something that I thought might be worth sharing. Turns out that USMA Admissions acquires all of the essays from the SAT and ACT and has the English Department review them all. I didn't know about this as a candidate and I don't know if this is common knowledge or not but I figured that some of you would want to know. I'm mentioning this so that maybe it'll push some of you guys to try that much harder on your essays. Best of luck, and in anticipation of this weekend, BEAT NAVY!
     
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    I scored a 29 composite last year and was accepted.
     
  13. EVDfootball

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    I only got a composite score of 23( low for West Point) and I got in. I did however excel extremely in everything else they look at. It's in your best interest to raise that 17 A LOT.
     
  14. Stemmom

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    At SLE last year they said they were looking for 25+ on all act tests with writing min 7. Of course these are the minimums and the ACt changed this year. Our son scored 99th%ile on ACT and only took it once. Didn't bother to take SAT since he did so well on ACT October of 11th gd. He also sent in a few of his SAT subject test scores since they were required anyhow for a few engineering programs at Ivy schools he applied to. He was told that USMA would consider those but they weren't required. His writing was his lowest score on ACT -likely because he is very concise!
     
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  15. Starfish

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    34 is a great score! Congrats!
    And Evd a 23 , wow congrats on getting in . You must have done really well on all else.
    Were you in a very competative
    District?
     
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  16. EVDfootball

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    No I wasn't at at all. My FFR said my district is dormant!
     
  17. Starfish

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    Wow. Congrats.
     
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    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

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    So I heard from an SAT/ACT essay grader. They are paid by the essay, and spend roughly 12 SECONDS on it. That's it! The easiest way to bring up your score is to increase the length - aim for at least 4 pages. Do everything possible to use all the space available to you. It can be mindless words, as long as you write your opening and closing decently well. I used this strategy and got a 32 in writing.
     
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