The use of language conveys the argument with clarity. Sentence structures are clear and demonstrate some variety.
Stylistic and register choices, including voice and tone, are appropriate for the rhetorical purpose.
The use of language is inconsistent and often unclear.
Word choice is rudimentary and frequently imprecise. Stylistic and register choices, including voice and tone, are inconsistent and are not always appropriate for the rhetorical purpose.
Distracting errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics are present, and they sometimes impede understanding.
The writer generates an argument that responds to multiple perspectives on the given issue.
Lines of clear reasoning and illustration adequately convey the significance of the argument.
Qualifications and complications extend ideas and analysis.
feature image credit: A study in human nature, being an interpretation with character analysis chart of Hoffman’s master painting “Christ in the temple”; (1920) by Circa Sassy, used under CC BY 2.0/Resized from original.
If you've chosen to take the ACT Plus Writing, you'll have 40 minutes to write an essay (after completing the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT, of course).