Should I take the ACT optional writing essay?

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The ACT calls the Writing test optional, but you will want to find out whether either your high school (if you're taking the ACT as part of your school's curriculum) or the colleges you're applying to require it. If they do, it's not optional! A list of colleges requiring the test is maintained on the ACT website, www.act.org/aap/writing. If you are unsure about what schools you will apply to, you should plan to take the Writing test. However, testing will be available later if you decide not to take the Writing test and discover later that you need it. This book will give you strong guidance on achieving your best score on the Writing test.

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