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Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts (2022 Edition)

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  • Analyze each prompt 
  • Plan the essay carefully
  • Make a compelling argument
  • Use the allotted time effectively
  • Evaluate sample essays
  • Increase your confidence




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Bibliographic Details

Pages: 224 pages

Paperback (ISBN): 9781636510491

eBook (ISBN): 9781636510507

Trim Size: 5.5” x 8.5”

Category: Study Aids/ACT

Author: Dr. Aimee Weinstein


This guidebook offers step-by-step, proven strategies for crafting a winning ACT essay. It includes suggestions for approaching the writing task, analyzing the issues presented, and managing time effectively. The book contains fifteen sample prompts using the exact same format as the official ACT tests. Each prompt includes a sample pro/con chart so students can learn to carefully plan and organize the essay before writing.

Additionally, this book describes techniques to think through, outline, and write an engaging introduction, impressive supporting paragraphs, and powerful conclusion. There are recommendations for selecting a point of view and using solid evidence to support the argument. Additionally, there is a discussion of the ACT scoring rubric and reasons for taking the essay portion.

Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts is suitable for use with or without a tutor. By reading and practicing with this text, students will gain the tools and confidence to write a high scoring essay.

About the Author

Dr. Aimee Weinstein is a writer and professor whose passion is coaching students on how to write effective essays for college applications as well as the ACT and SAT. She works full-time at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia as a Term Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graduate Pathway Advisor with INTO Mason. Dr. Weinstein works with the INTO Mason Mentoring Committee and is part of the Mason Faculty Learning Community on the Study of Teaching and Learning. She received her doctorate from the Department of Higher Education at George Mason University where she focused on teaching writing to second language learners via a hybrid classroom. Dr. Weinstein lived for more than ten years in Tokyo, Japan where she taught writing at Temple University, Japan. She has held positions at The George Washington University and Prince George's Community College (MD), teaching classes in various levels and genres of writing. Her previous publications include several food and travel articles in English-language magazines in Japan. Dr. Weinstein currently lives in McLean, Virginia.

About the Series

The focus of the Test Prep Series is to make test preparation streamlined and fruitful for competitive exam aspirants. Students preparing for the entrance exams now have access to the most comprehensive series of prep guides for GRE, GMAT and SAT preparation. All the books in this series are thoroughly researched, frequently updated and packed with relevant content. These have been prepared by authors with more than 10 years experience in the field. The simple and well organized format of the books in this series makes studying more efficient and effective.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Weinstein has translated the ACT essay instruction she regularly gives to her students into a methodical, easy-to-use guide for any student wishing to master the ACT essay. This workbook is full of realistic ACT-style essay prompts with the classic three perspectives that take the student from clear examples to completed essays. Later in the workbook are prompts that require more and more input from the student; a student can employ this step-by-step approach for independent study or with the help of a professional. I know that I’ll be using this book from now on.

- Kate Dalby, President, Inspiring Test Preparation, Inc.


I love the way Winning Strategies for ACT Writing Essays deconstructs the test. With the guide’s detailed focus on everything from analyzing the prompt and creating a topic sentence to presenting a counter argument, students can really hone in on the specific skills they need to develop. I wish all prep books were as easy to follow! The skills reinforced in this book will not only improve students’ scores but also make them stronger writers, which will have a lifelong impact.

- Reena Kamins, Independent Educational Consultant, College, Career & Life


Don’t take the ACT without first reading Dr. Weinstein’s Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing! This books takes you through every step of the essay writing process, including how to analyze the question, select the best position, manage your time with precision, and finish the test with a fantastic score. The 15 sample prompts are expertly crafted and will provide all the practice you need, whether you’re studying on your own or working with a tutor.

- Heather Krey, Director, Test Prep for Success


Reading Aimee Weinstein’s Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing is like having a friendly and knowledgeable teacher sitting across the table talking just to you. Such comfortable teaching is what Aimee has always done in her professional career, and now she does it with her book on how to write for the ACT. Aimee's approach is to isolate the most important points of writing well, but her own writing style is the magic that makes the instruction natural and easy to follow. Her explanations are clear, well-organized, and phrased in a lively manner that teens will appreciate. Particularly helpful are the 15 example essays with Aimee’s markings and comments. The book’s information will assist all types of learners as the graphic charts and marked essays are effectively presented. Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing will be welcomed by both students and tutors — as well as worried parents not knowing how to help their children with the ACT.

- Cathy Colglazier, English Chair at McLean and TJHSST

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Todd Connor
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

The ACTGuide is a well constructed path to success is the ACT essay. It provides a clear and methodical giude for students, tutors and parents to a successful essay. The author takes the reader through the decision to take it, grading, construction and how to formulate a properly written answer, while managing the time allowed. The guide then provides multiple examples of each step, allowing participants to see the creation of a proper response, through the use of the tools provided.

Claire Fulton
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

The book really helped me gain a better understanding for what some of the prompts may be similar to on the actual test. It also showed me how the writing would be scored by the essay graders and what they will be looking for in my writing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to boost their score on ACT writhing!

Lydia Connor
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

This guide was extremely helpful in preparing to take the ACT. So thankful to have this resource available, in a very stressful time when preparing for the entire College application process.

Mamta Madhavan-Readers Favourite
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts by Dr. Aimee Weinstein is a handy manual for students who are preparing for their ACT exams. The book provides 15 sample prompts and once the method to approach the prompt is mastered, the process will also be enjoyable. The essay is an optional section of the ACT and students will be given 40 minutes to read the prompt, look at the given perspective, get their response ready, and then write it down. The fifteen prompts will help students put down their thoughts and it also gives timing notes so that they can note their actual timing while practicing. The analysis of the prompts has also been done in all the chapters which will guide students to come up with varied perspectives and a winning essay.

The approach to the topic is excellent and it is formatted in a way to make it easy for students to comprehend and incorporate into their writing. The step-by-step explanation to make the writing process effective and helpful to students makes this book a good tool to have in their personal collection when they are preparing for their ACT exams. Writing a good introduction, supporting paragraphs that are impressive, and a powerful conclusion can be understood clearly once the book is read. Students will also gain confidence when it comes to writing essays. Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts by Dr. Aimee Weinstein has a very systematic and methodical approach to the subject.

Chinu Vasudeva
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

As a SAT & ACT Strategist I am always excited to explore new channels or Content of Learning & came across this book which deconstructs Essay section in ACT.

This book has wide range of essays (with solutions) that are relevant to ACT exam. Author has decoded the ACT Essay with a very systematic & analytical approach meanwhile keeping it simple. Few initial pages only win you over with brief & crisp description of essay part in ACT. The versatile examples & highly organized outline helps students who are poor/average essay writer (including your truly) to get grasp of section easily. Author provides you with set templates to learn/follow which should fit almost all topics & bisects the content for every paragraph beautifully. Marked essays makes learning a joy where one can deep dive into the context, elevating thought process & creating a right structure.

This book is easy to understand, simple to follow & I would say its a must have for beginners struggling to ace ACT Essay.