ACT Prompt 5

ACT Assessment Writing Test Prompt #5
Directions: This is a test of your writing skills. Before you begin planning and writing
your essay, read the writing prompt carefully to understand exactly what you are being
asked to do. Your essay will be evaluated on the evidence it provides of your ability to
express judgments by taking a position on the issue in the writing prompt, to maintain a
focus on the topic throughout the essay, to develop a position by using logical reasoning
and by supporting your ideas, to organize ideas in a logical way, and to use language
clearly and effectively according to the conventions of standard written English.
Prompt: Because of increasing academic standards and of the
average student's abilities and commitments, colleges are now considering using contents
on Facebook and other social media as part of the criteria for a students admission. Many
see this as a way to learn about parts of a student that are not part of the normal
application and resume, such as their personality, friends, and social habits. Other,
however, see this as a breach of privacy and argue that Facebook in no way gives an
accurate or complete portrait of a students's academic promise at a university. Should
colleges be permitted to use applicant's Facebook content in their consideration?
In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two
points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on the question. Use
specific reasons and examples to support your position.