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College application essays: a write of passage

In the summer of 2003, just before my senior year of high school, I visited college campuses as I prepared to apply for the following academic year. Each school seemed different. One had a student bod... read more

Save the SAT Writing Test

In 2014 the College Board revised the essay test, asking students to read a passage and then answer a question ... How will schools discern a student’s writing ability now? Primarily through applicati... read more

This Is Why Colleges Are Quickly Dropping SAT And ACT Essay Requirements

“The short sample essays test-takers generate as part of the ACT or SAT have never been of much use in the higher education admissions ... write something nonsensical and unrelated to empirical realit... read more

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Do You Know a kid who Could use Help With the College Admissions Essay?

A few months later, he got early admission to a college in U.S. News Report’s top 20. Then I heard from the parents of a son who was anxious about his essay. For him, the problem was psychological. He ... read more

Pencils down: Major colleges stop requiring essay test for admission

[More high schools offer free college admission testing. But there’s a catch.] Students are still welcome to send in essay scores, Rapelye said, but the university will now require applicants to send ... read more

The big picture: The end of college admissions writing tests

It's part of the general trend of changing attitudes on the value of standardized testing for students during the college admissions process ... numbers across multiple disciplines. Yes, but: Writing ... read more

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: College Application Essays: Just Start Writing

Secrets of a former Ivy League Admissions Officer," calls writing the college essays a "rite of passage.” It’s the first time the student is asked to define herself and to ‘sell’ her image to a critic... read more

Writing an admission essay: 5 things you should know

In most cases, you won’t be accepted to a uni or college without ... to start preparing and writing as soon as possible. But what if you’ve procrastinated a lot or just forgotten about that small deta... read more

What Admissions Officers Think of 3 Common College Essay Topics

High school students may worry about not having an original topic for their college essay – that anything they write about will be something admissions officers have read countless times before. Load ... read more

Pencils down: Major colleges drop essay test requirement

The SAT and ACT essay tests began with fanfare in 2005, a bid to assess the writing chops of college-bound students ... little more than a dozen years ago with the hope of reshaping college admission ... read more

Brown University becomes latest college to drop SAT, ACT essay for applicants

... Brown will continue to assess students’ writing abilities based on how they fare in writing-intensive high school classes and through college application essay questions. “Standardized test perfor... read more

The College Application Essay: A Write of Passage

At last it’s over. Not just the holiday season, the year just past or the “Aughts” decade. I’m talking about college essays being finished. Let the glad bells ring. At year’s end—when most college app... read more

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