Today we’ll cover the ACT and SAT writing exams. Our clients often ask if the optional 40-50 minute exams, which students take in addition to the required sections on test day, are really necessary.
Our answer is: potentially yes.
While many schools do not require them, that often isn’t the case with most Ivy League and other competitive private schools. Even competitive state schools like Cal Berkeley require the writing tests. Schools can also change their requirements from year to year, so you are better prepared for potential changes if you have taken one.
Adding the exam costs $15 for the SAT and $16 for the ACT, and they are offered at every regular test day for both tests.
If you’re thinking about applying to a school that requires the exam, we can add specialized exercises and preparation to your individualized plan as part of our verbal test prep instruction.
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