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I think that is what it's called. It's the test you take for a community college so they can put in the right class education level. Has a essay/written part, math, reading, and grammar.

I have an appointment this Tuesday at 2pm to take it. I've been studying on and off since I applied to keep it fresh in my head. I still can't believe I completey forgot how to deal with decimals/fractions. Boy was I rusty.

My question is for those who have taken a similar test what were the essay questions? I'm terrified the question is going to be about something I know nothing about. I don't really watch TV, therefore I'm not really up on current events. I don't enjoy reading or watching the news, it's always bad news and I don't like negativity. I'm really worried they're gonna ask some political or global event question and I'm gonna do awful on it because I'm clueless.

I don't want to end up in a "lower" english class because I fail at watching TV/reading the news/listening to the radio.

This is kinda embarassing, actually. Embarassed

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If it is the ACT you are taking, it has changed since I took it 7 years ago....we didn't have any essays.  But, I know that the SAT changed too, so maybe they changed the ACT. 

I don't know what the essays will be about, but try the 5 paragraph model...I think that is usually what they are looking for (if you google 5 paragraph essay format, you will find some info). 

I wish I had more info to give you!  Good luck!

The essay question(s) will be very general.  Like, "If you could have any type of collection what would it be and why" or "What affect does the media have on college age students" or something equally as broad.

They are just making sure you have a grasp on writing and the English language.  Definately use the 5 paragraph model.  You need to write a clear introduction that includes a thesis statement.  A few paragraphs that explain the who, what, when, why, where, and how.  Then a conclusion that repeats your thesis statement and sums up the "paper."

Mine was on if the driving age should be raised. I don't think they'll give you anything that you don't have an opinion about. :) Or at least can't make up one on.

You'll do fine.

Typical me, panicking over nothing. I went and googled ACT essay topics to get an idea and yeah, it was a broad statement and usually ask for an opinion on the subject (yay, easier than spewing pure facts).

I always did very well writing in school, essays never scared me except for when I didn't know what it was going to be about! I had a teacher freshman year and then again another teacher my junior year who DRILLED the 5 paragraph model into our heads. Made us write soooo many papers .I'm thankful to them of course, writing was so easy after 9th grade. I really hate writing papers still though. Yell

 

I hope it's not hand-written but typed because, I get so nervous, my handwriting will be horrible (I have neat handwriting otherwise), and I'll probably forget to write stuff... and I make a zillion "typos" when writing. At least typing has a backspace key and you can insert words in places after proof reading...

 

I'm EXTREMELY anxious about this test and going to school. I need me some Xanex badly. Cry I'm only going part time because I don't want to overwhelm myself and drop out. I plan on going full time in spring once I'm "over it".

bunny, relax...i am sure you will do great. your posts ARE written essays that summarize your opinion and i think they are always well thought out, constructed and sincere. you have great writing skills! all you have to do on essays is blah blah blah. piece of cake! good luck Smile

Trust me, you'll be fine. The math, essay, reading/writing and grammar parts are all very easy. Which surprised me, since I'm bad at math. The only part I strugged a bit with was the science, which was strange because I ended up majoring in biology and I LOVE science! For that part, read up a bit on how to design an experiment (something I've always been terrible at) and you'll do great. :D

There was no essay on the ACT/SAT when I took them... this makes me feel old.  And lucky.

Argh, I hated taking tests like these.  The most recent I had to take was the GRE right before grad school.  It was basically the same as the ACT.  These tests don't actually test your knowledge of the fields, they test how good you are at taking tests.

Practicing is the best way to do well.  Studying is always helpful, but practicing is much more valuable for these exams.  You can buy books that have practice exams and you can probably find lots of essay questions online.  I suggest you find a block of time where you can sit down and go through a practice exam exactly like you will for the ACT.  Don't let anyone interupt you and time yourself.  It's a tedious processes, but it really will pay off. 

Often, they will repeat questions or have something very similar to something you practiced on and just knowing the format and the different types of questions they could ask will help you be prepared.  Also, it's important to know how much time you need to budget for each section.  You might not be able to answer all the questions and it's better to answer as many as you can and just guess on the tough ones if you would run out of time otherwise.  And the practice exams usually have the answers in the back, so you can study afterwards and see where you most commonly made mistakes.

I am sure you can find out from the testing facility how the exam will be administered.  You may even get to choose.  Just call them up and ask...I bet it will help calm your anxiety.

And for the essays specifically, the 5 paragraph model is EXACTLY what they are looking for, so you will do great.

Good luck!!

I love the ACT! Well, in comparison to the SAT I do. I graduated from high school in 2007, and I had to do the essays on both of those tests.

Typically, Southern schools prefer the ACT while the Northern ones prefer the SAT. I'm from Louisiana, and I was one of my maybe 5 from my high school who took the SAT.

The ACT is shorter and easier in my opinion. The English and math sections are very similar to that on the SAT. The SAT is just so long. If I remember, the SAT is about 5 hours long while the ACT is a little over 3 hours long. Can't remember for sure, though.

And yeah, I'm glad you looked online. There's tons of studying material. You can even find the actual exams from previous years, which are great study material!

I actually hated the essay part. It's averaged into your English score (I think) and it brought my overall score down. I made a perfect score on the English section, but I think like a 7-8 on the writing, which brought down my score to a 34 or a 35. It pissed me off, lol!!

Good luck :) I'm sure you'll do great!
Original Post by cptbunny:

I hope it's not hand-written but typed because, I get so nervous, my handwriting will be horrible (I have neat handwriting otherwise), and I'll probably forget to write stuff... and I make a zillion "typos" when writing. At least typing has a backspace key and you can insert words in places after proof reading...

 You'll have to hand write the essay portion. They don't take off for handwriting.

In Washington we take the COMPASS test for Community College placement. I've never taken ACT or SAT. COMPASS is pretty easy, there's no essay, just a reading section where you read an excerpt from a book or essay and answer questions and a writing part where you correct the grammar and punctuation of a passage. And then math, which I always fail at. I've taken pre-algebra twice... at two different CCs. Even though in highschool I got up to Geometry... guess I just forgot it all.

I remember taking an SAT many, many years ago.  I don't remember any essays.  I'm sure things have changed.  Finally, 30 years later I enrolled in Uni and only had to take a 25 question (multiple-choice) test.  That was how they "placed" me.  I scored high enough that I didn't have to take beginning anything.  OUCH!  I almost wish I had not done as well because Chemistry is trying to kick my butt!  I am determined that I will win Cool

Original Post by moonikins:

Original Post by cptbunny:

I hope it's not hand-written but typed because, I get so nervous, my handwriting will be horrible (I have neat handwriting otherwise), and I'll probably forget to write stuff... and I make a zillion "typos" when writing. At least typing has a backspace key and you can insert words in places after proof reading...

 You'll have to hand write the essay portion. They don't take off for handwriting.

Well I just learned I can only bring a pencil, so atleast I can ERASE stuff, lmao.

I've taken a billion practice tests, always did fine on them, hopefully I do ok on the essay too.

 

These replies made me feel better, haha. Thanks. I get so worked up for nothing 99% of the time.

cptbunny,

good luck on your test. I am attending a community right now and we did not have to do the ACT. Like another poster we do the COMPASS test for placement. But thankfully its just an placement test and not an admissions test, I beleive you said that is what you said this was for you.

Anyways good luck.

Yeah it's a placement test, but all the signs in the school said ACT. So maybe they just use the ACT for placement?

I took the ACT just a couple years ago and there was at least one essay question that I can remember.  It was super easy, though writing is my strong point.  I got a perfect score on the SAT but the ACT I did pretty decently on, not perfect though.. don't remember my actual score.

I just took it in the spring and opted out on the writing part [not a very smart move actually..] BUT! the essay on my SAT [similiar test] was about like... social issues..? Although I'm pretty sure the ACT essay question is something more concrete, My SAT question was something like "Do you think people should out a bigger effort in keeping things to themselves?" which was way lame. But anyways. I doubt theyll ask you about what you think about the latest spongebob episode. They're testing you on your writing skills, not on your interests.

Original Post by kierassecondtry:

...I doubt theyll ask you about what you think about the latest spongebob episode. They're testing you on your writing skills, not on your interests.

 They SHOULD.  Spongebob is amazingly hilarious and deep.

Original Post by hayleymajayley:

In Washington we take the COMPASS test for Community College placement. I've never taken ACT or SAT. COMPASS is pretty easy, there's no essay, just a reading section where you read an excerpt from a book or essay and answer questions and a writing part where you correct the grammar and punctuation of a passage. And then math, which I always fail at. I've taken pre-algebra twice... at two different CCs. Even though in highschool I got up to Geometry... guess I just forgot it all.

Same, I got up to geometry in HS and I'm completely lost on the alegbra parts of the practice tests. I bought a GED test book, very similar to those placement tests, and I can't remember shizzy about algebra except for the basic equations. >.< So I am most definitely re-taking it again. At least it's my favorite part of math. I hated geometry...

The test was actually called an Accuplacer test. A placement test. Not ACT, the signs confused me.

I took it today, I was sooo scared. I studied so hard. There was an essay with a lame question, and I had to type it out (400-600 words 5+ paragraphs). I did 531 words, 6 paragraphs. Essay question was if happiness was a natural emotion or if people choose to be happy. Very lame.

I got 6/8 in writing, 76/100 in arithmetic (embarassing... I forgot so much), 36/100 in alegbra (I forgot everything, algebra used to be my favorite class), 90/100 in reading comprehension (pretty good, I'm dyslexic), and 96/100 for sentence structure. :D

At the end it said something about College English and Math Grid 2 classes.

Does anyone know what Math Grid 2 means? I'm afraid I'm gonna end up taking a remedial math class... >.<; It's been 7 years since highschool, I was sooo rusty, even though I've studied for two weeks. >.< GED books and Youtube can only teach you so much.

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