The ACT has an optional writing test where you respond to a social issue evaluating three perspectives on an issue.
40 minutes, multiple paragraphs
Write an essay where you evaluate multiple perspectives on an issue. The essay asks that you analyze and evaluate each perspective given while also providing your own perspective on the issue. You will need to explain the relationship between your position and the perspectives given.
You may DEFEND, CHALLENGE, or QUALIFY any of the perspectives given supporting your ideas with concrete detail, perceptive insight, logical reasoning, and well-chosen references.
Ideas and Analysis
Construct a coherent, well-develop argument
Perceptive insight, counter arguments
Development and Support
Well chosen detail/references
Effectively justify your position
Organized paragraphs with topic sentences
Multiple body paragraphs: point, evidence, explain, evidence, explain, link or conclude
Language Use and Conventions
Accurate, precise, concise language
Free of grammatical errors
Each criterion receives a score from 1-6 by two different grades and then is average to receive a score from 1-12 for the entire essay
See this link for more information about the scoring of the essay.