Write an essay in which you explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience that [author’s claim]. In your essay, analyze how [the author] uses one or more of the features listed above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of [his/her] argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage. Your essay should not explain whether you agree with [the author’s] claims, but rather explain how the author builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience.
※ Discrepancy: This statement is not exact or inaccurate: "... ACT percentiles are calculated on the basis of the percent of test takers scoring the same score or a lower one, not (as is the case for many other assessments) only the percent scoring lower". Specifically, it applies to the scores of 35 or lower but not the highest score of 36. This is because if % of test takers scored 36 AND lower, what score did the remaining % of test takers get? Obviously the answer is none because there is no score higher than 36. Therefore, the correct percentile for 36 appears to be % (100% — %). But if one looks at the next line (the score of 35) it appears to be % instead (100% — %). In other words, % of the test takers had a score of 35 or lower, meaning the only higher score, 36 (no scores between 35 and 36 as the increment is 1), belongs to the remaining % of test takers. But which is the true answer, % or %? If it's %, then % is a calculation error? Or the vice versa (% is true and % is a calculation error). Please clarify by checking on the original data! It's surprising to see such discrepancy for such a popular and critical test.
You are a good student and would be competitive for those schools but I do not give opinions on someone’s chances at a particular college. Selective colleges like those you list are all looking first at the grades you have and the classes you took to get those grades. They also look at your test scores but good grades and test scores alone will not get you into a selective college. They also consider your extracurricular activities, your personal background, volunteer activities, your essays and other factors. Selective colleges are looking not only for strong students but also interesting students that will make for an interesting class. This means different things for different colleges.