ACT Research Explains New ACT Test Writing Scores These four scores, which are illustrated in Table 1, result from two trained raters scoring each essay on a 16 scale in each of the four domains.
Final domain scores are reported on the scale of 212; Comparing the Previous ACT Writing Score with the New ACT Writing Score How can the answer be improved? Because your total ACT Writing score is the average of your four domain scores, the average domain scores (Ideas& Analysis, Development& Support, Organization, and Language Use) are also likely around 612 or 712, although ACT, Inc. doesn't provide specific information about the cumulative percentiles of the domain scores.
For the current ACT administered in the academic year, the average writing score is a 7 on a 12point scale. For the ACT, the average writing score was a 17 on a 36point scale.
If you take the ACT test with Writing, you will receive a separate essay score (which is not calculated into the Composite score) and an English Language Arts Score (which is an average of English and Reading, plus the essay). An image of your essay will be available to your high school and the colleges to which you have ACT report your scores from that test date. Taking the writing test does not affect your subject area scores or your Composite score.
Key Takeaways: Average ACT Scores by State As you can see, the average ACT score can change pretty dramatically depending on which state you're looking at. Nationally, the average composite ACT score is 21 but many states' averages are higher or lower than this.