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Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts (2023 Edition)

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  • Overview of ACT Essay
  • 15 Prompts and Sample Essays
  • A step-by-step approach to writing essays
  • Planning and Answer Sheets (online)
  • Scoring Rubric




WinningStrategiesForTheACT ... by Vibrant Publishers

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 226 pages

Paperback (ISBN): 9781636511252

eBook (ISBN): 9781636511269

Trim Size: 5.5” x 8.5”

Category: Study Aids/ACT

Author: Dr. Aimee Weinstein


In this book, you will find all the information and strategies you need to know for writing a strong ACT Essay. Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing (2023 Edition) contains15 Sample Prompts and Essays on a wide variety of topics to give you deep insights into how impressive essays are written. The book also includes tips on how to deconstruct the argument, weigh its pros and cons, and make an outline of the essay before actually writing it. These step-by-step strategies will be greatly beneficial for you to effectively analyze the argument, plan your essay, and pen it down in the 40 minutes given! You can refer to the strategies and practice writing an essay on your own with the help of planning and answer sheets provided online.

The book also contains an overview of the ACT Essay Task and a Scoring Rubric to give you a concrete idea of the format and scoring. At the end of the book, you will be ready to pen down a strong and compelling 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

"Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts" by Dr. Aimee Weinstein is a deftly crafted guidebook that 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, the 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. This book 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.

Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation for analyzing each prompt, carefully planning the essay, making a compelling argument, using the allotted time effectively, evaluating sample essays, and increase student test taking confidence, "Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended study guide and should be a part of ever school district and community library college ACT test taking instructional reference collection.

- Midwest Book Review


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. Once the method to approach the prompt is mastered, the process of writing the essay will also be enjoyable.  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 explanations 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. The book has a very systematic and methodical approach to the subject."

- Mamta Madhavan, Readers Favourite


Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts is an excellent book to help students preparing to take the ACT Essay. It gives you step-by-step instructions on everything you need to do to ace the ACT Essay. From analyzing the question to selecting the best position to take, this book takes you through the entire process and even gives you sample questions to help you prepare. Invaluable.

- Carlene Morrison, Bookkeeper and Circulation Staff Supervisor,  Independence County Library

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Cathy Colglazier
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

Reading Aimee Weinsteins 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. Aimees 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 Aimees markings and comments. The books 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.

Mary Beth Romani
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

My daughter benefited greatly from using this (study guide). The authors packed a punch giving a copious amount of information in a concise and easy-to-follow format. The sample writing prompts were incredibly useful as they walked the students through the components of a strong essay and even provided a sample essay at the end. I highly recommend this guide to other students who are looking for specific and practical advice that will enable them to excel at the ACT Writing Test.

Anna Romani
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

Dr. Weinsteins workbook was extremely helpful and full with useful information! The ACT writing can be quite confusing and I had no idea where to start, but her book answered all my questions. Her prompts and guides prepared me well and helped me to feel confident going into my ACT writing test!

Heather Krey
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

Dont take the ACT without first reading Dr. Weinsteins 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 youre studying on your own or working with a tutor.

Reena Kamins
Winning Strategies For ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts

I love the way Winning Strategies for ACT Writing Essays deconstructs the test. With the guides 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.