The ACT just released its newest revision: a brand-new essay format. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder for your kids to get into a great college, this happens! It’s a little disturbing that the ACT barely publicized this change and thousands of high schoolers took the September ACT with little to no preparation. It’s almost as if they want to make it harder.
We’re here to help you figure out what the new prompts look like and exactly what the scorers are looking for. It’s a very basic recipe that will make writing the new essay a breeze.
|Many of the goods and services we depend on daily are now supplied by intelligent, automated machines rather than human beings. Robots build cars and other goods on assembly lines, where once there were human workers. Many of our phone conversations are now conducted not with people but with sophisticated technologies. We can now buy goods at a variety of stores without the help of a human cashier. Automation is generally seen as a sign of progress, but what is lost when we replace humans with machines? Given the accelerating variety and prevalence of intelligent machines, it is worth examining the implications and meaning of their presence in our lives.|
|Perspective 1||Perspective 2||Perspective 3|
|What we lose with the replacement of people by machines is some part of our own humanity. Even our mundane daily encounters no longer require from us basic courtesy, respect, and tolerance for other people.||Machines are good at low-skill, repetitive jobs, and at high-speed, extremely precise jobs. In both cases they work better than humans. This efficiency leads to a more prosperous and progressive world for everyone.||Intelligent machines challenge our long-standing ideas about what humans are or can be. This is good because it pushes both humans and machines toward new, unimagined possibilities.|
Write a unified, coherent essay in which you evaluate multiple perspectives on the increasing presence of intelligent machines. In your essay, be sure to:
Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of the others, in partial agreement, or wholly different. Whatever the case, support your ideas with logical reasoning and detailed, persuasive examples.
While the prompt above may seem confusing and excessively difficult, it’s actually very easy once you break down the elements needed to write a spectacular essay.
What You Need:
That’s it. Students only need to know those 2 things to be able to write an amazing essay, and here’s why. The ACT has 6 essays available to read that received a score from 0-6. We broke down the top-scorer (6) and our analyses revealed an extremely easy recipe.
Body Paragraph #1: Support the Opposite Opinion
Body Paragraph #2: Support Your Opinion While Refuting the One You Just Presented in Body Paragraph #1
Super easy, right? Like we said before, as long as the test-taker knows this structure, their opinion, and the opposite opinion, they’ll know where to put what information. We’d wish you luck, but you won’t need it with this recipe!