The four domain scores are then all summed up, for a total of 8-48.
Lastly, this number is converted to a scaled score, making the final score 1-36.
In general, if you are aiming to do well in something, you should know what exemplary work looks like and try to emulate it.
This is certainly the case for the ACT Essay, so before you walk into the testing center to write your essay, make sure you know know what essays that scored a 12 in this section look like!
But wait, my score still seems really low…The other major change to the essay is the style of prompt.
Writing on three perspectives can be very challenging and confusing– it’s the hardest essay task I’ve seen from an ACT or SAT.
While the multiple choice sections are designed to assess students’ knowledge in math, English, science and reading, there is also a writing section that assesses students’ abilities to write an essay.
Doing well on this section of the ACT can help distinguish you as an accomplished writer to colleges.
The analytic rubric is comprised of four different categories called domain scores – 1) Ideas & Analysis; 2) Development & Support; 3) Organization; 4) Language Use & Conventions.
According to the ACT’s officially published research letter, this new rubric is “intended to delineate critical writing skills and provide targeted score information about each skill.” The result is that graders aren’t scaling students to their “gut vibe” but rather, grading them down for specific types of errors, and in turn not rewarding them for overall effect.