Essay (optional) | 40 minutes
Analyze and evaluate 3 perspectives on an issue + your own perspective and how they relate.
Very few colleges require it. Currently, most schools either don’t look at your ACT Writing scores at all, or they’ll consider them, but they won’t have a large impact on your application (and not doing ACT Writing won’t hurt your application). You can look up schools’ most up-to-date standardized testing policies on their individual websites: just search for “[school name] ACT writing requirement” online.
Multiple choice scores are normally available two weeks after each national test date, but it can sometimes take up to eight weeks. Writing scores are normally available about two weeks after your multiple-choice scores.