act essay format
So how do you write in this five paragraph structure on the ACT? I’ll show you how to put the plan into action with an essay template that can be used for any ACT essay question. First, here’s the prompt I’ll be using:
As can be seen from the examples above, sometimes the greater good means individual freedom is more important than personal health. For the most part, however, allowing individual behavior to harm others damages both freedom and health. Some parents worry that vaccines contain toxic chemicals and so have fought for the right to not vaccinate their children against once deadly diseases like measles. By being allowed this freedom, however, these parents are not only putting their children at risk of catching these virulent diseases, but are risking the life of anyone with a compromised immune system who comes into contact with a non-vaccinated child. The results of the anti-vaccination movement can be seen in cases like the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland and the mumps outbreak at a New York City daycare company; both of these outbreaks unfortunately led to fatalities. When the health risks caused by personal freedom reach life-and-death stakes, it is necessary to restrict individual freedom in favor of freedom to avoid preventable health risks.
Now that you have your ideas in order, here’s a blueprint for how to organize the ACT essay. This blueprint works no matter what your prompt is.
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The good news is that each perspective includes both a general assertion about intelligent machines as well as an opinion that places the topic in a broader context, saving you some work in coming up with your own, independent perspective.
 In conclusion, rather than taking away from our humanity, intelligent machines actually help us to move forward as a species to achieve new, previously unimagined possibilities.
¶5: Conclusion Paragraph
The ACT has released two free sample PDF essays in the new format, in addition to the 3 in the new book. You can find them here and here (scroll to pages 54 and 55 of the new ACT diagnostic test). If you need additional practice prompts, then I would recommend that you check out ACT tutor Shane Burnett’s website, Mighty Oak Test Prep, where you can download 6 additional ACT prompts written by him.
Big news: in an effort to make the test more accessible, and compete with the new SAT, the ACT has turned its Essay (Writing) section into a multiple-choice test.