If you are in the process of applying to college, the essay or personal statement is just one more thing to add to your neverending to-do list. Since the essay is not as important as grades or test scores, it can be tempting to put it off or put in the minimal amount...
How to Tackle Short Answer Questions on College Applications
Don’t let the word limit fool you. Although shortest among the written responses colleges request on their applications—typically 250 words or fewer—short answers have the potential to increase your appeal to a college. However, they can also be a challenge to write....
What You Need to Know About College Application Essays
On your college application to-do list, the essay or personal statement often gets lost among other requirements like transcripts, recommendations, and test scores. Yet, the essay is your one opportunity to represent yourself in your own words and as more than just a...
Opt in to Optional College Application Components
Applying to college is difficult enough without the added challenge of interpreting what to make of admission criteria labeled as “optional” or “recommended”. From personal statements to test scores, this article will demystify optional admission requirements and...
Should I Write the Optional SAT or ACT Essay?
To write or not to write: that was the question. Not long ago, the essay portions of the SAT and ACT were optional in the same way extra credit is optional; therefore, the question of whether to do the essay was why not? Now, however, the question is shortened to why?...
To Write or Not to Write: Re-evaluating the Standardized Test Essay
You will find yourself contemplating two writing challenges during the college application process: the college application essay and the SAT/ACT essay. Occasionally lumped together, these two essays are assigned for different purposes. Furthermore, while the college...
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