ACT Compass® Writing Skills Test

Writing Skills Placement Test is a multiple-choice test that requires students to find and correct errors in essays in the areas of usage and mechanics, including basic grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, and rhetorical skills, including strategy, organization and style.

The Writing Skills Diagnostics Tests evaluate students' skill levels in eight content domains:

  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Usage
  • Verb formation/agreement
  • Relationships of clauses
  • Shifts in construction
  • Organization