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COMMON APP: Essays and More Essays - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Aug 28, 2014 3:34:00 PM

One of the biggest changes – and challenges - in this year’s Common App is the location of individual colleges’ additional essays. Last year, if a college required additional essays, you could easily find them in the college’s Writing Supplement. If a college didn’t require additional essays, then no Writing Supplement appeared for that college. Simple! And to simplify further, Common App’s Dashboard indicated which of your selected colleges required a Writing Supplement. Not so simple this year….

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Topics: Essays, Common Application, Test-Prep

ACT Reveals its Redesign Plan for 2015 - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jul 9, 2014 3:32:00 PM

In what is probably a reaction to all the hoopla surrounding the College Board's 2016 SAT redesign, ACT revealed plans for 2015 test changes: a revised essay prompt that requires a different tack compared to the current essay, and several small changes to the Reading and Mathematics tests. Those changes will not be as radical a departure for the ACT as the new SAT is from the old. Namely:

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Writing Effective Responses To Essay Questions - Score At The Top - Florida

Last Updated on Jul 24, 2013 3:12:00 PM

It’s a tough question: “Why do you want to join our XYZ University community?” What the admissions people are clearly not looking for is a rehash of the viewbook or website. That will get you nowhere. Any fourth grader can duplicate the words.

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Brainstorming Ideas for Your College Application Essay - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jun 9, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Getting started–that’s the hard part!

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The Latest Common App Essay Prompts (2013-14) - Score At The Top

Last Updated on May 21, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Yes, the Common Application essays are a big thing. Think about it for a second: you’re applying to a particular school in just the same way that another ten, twenty, or thirty thousand other students are applying. Your dossier comprises statistics or all sorts, lists of activities, maybe awards. And the GPA. How can admissions wade its way through all the stats while getting no inkling of exactly what sort of person you are—beyond classes and test scores and volunteer hours? One answer is ––––– trumpets, please: the personal essay.

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Writing Your College Application Essay: Do’s & Don’ts

Last Updated on Jul 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM

Of all the tasks surrounding the college application, none takes more effort than writing the one or more required essays. Each year we highlight some suggestions for topics—and what to avoid. Again, it’s time to review some pointers.

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Are You a Soprano? A Tenor? Finding Your Voice for the College Essay

Last Updated on May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM

Ironically, several trends in high school English composition work against one another when a student confronts the college application essay. Often, high school students have experienced three years during which their teachers usually told them to write analytically, in the third person, about literature, science, and history. In practically every instance, students assume that it’s important to leave egos behind in order to find an objectifying voice for their writing. Then, just when you thought it was safe to wade into the water of essay writing…a student comes face to face with the college essay prompt, which in one way or another asks that student to toot his or her own horn with clarity and precision, all the while maintaining a balance between bragging on the one hand, and honest portrayal of facts on the other. No wonder students eschew college application essay trials! Coming from a peer-group society where standing out from the crowd can elicit the ire of others, students find it hard to swim upstream against the flow, so to speak. That spells trouble for college application completion.

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The SAT Essay - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jun 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM

One of the greatest nightmares in a young student’s life is writing an essay that some adult is going to read with a critical eye. No matter how much pumping up a teacher or tutor may do, the high schooler fidgets and stares, eyes glazed over at the thought of committing ideas to paper. It’s as though, upon the student’s completion of the writing task, the hand of Adult-dom will descend from above, index finger menacingly pointing to the poor writer, and from deep inside the cloud of knowledge will come the booming “You FOOL! That’s so immature!”

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