How do colleges use the ACT optional writing test?

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The ACT Writing test may be used for either admissions or course placement purposes, and sometimes both. Students who take the Writing test will receive an English score, a Writing subscore, and a combined English-Writing score on a 1–36 scale. (The Combined English-Writing score is not averaged into the Composite score.) Copies of the essay (with the graders' comments) will be available online for downloading. Schools that do not require the Writing test will also receive the Combined English-Writing score for students who have taken the Writing test, unless the school specifically asks not to receive those results.

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