ACT Writing Test — Writing Prompt 7


There are a wide variety of academic and extra-curricular activities that many high school students just miss because of the time constraints they face in the four years of high school. As a result, students permanently miss out on unique opportunities because they are compelled to focus on their academic requirements. To increase student opportunity, the state is considering increasing the length of high school from four years to five. This, according to supporters, will allow students to complete their required courses as well as undertake more academic and extra-curricular choices. Many students and parents, however, feel that adding a fifth year of high school will only add more requirements and pressures. In your opinion, should the state increase the length of high school from four years to five?


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 this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


Time Limit: 30 minutes

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