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"I was totally stressed about applying to college, but the Common App made it really simple by letting me fill out one application for almost all of the colleges on my list. It also told me when requirements were due so that I never missed a deadline.”

The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Important Note for 2016-17 Applicants: The Common Application changed on August 1st, 2013! The tips and sample essays below will still provide useful guidance and essay samples for the new Common Application, but be sure also to read the new article for the 2016-17 Common Application:  Tips for the 5 New Common Application Essay Prompts.

Option #1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.

As an independent college admissions consultant, I read many application essays and see many common application essay mistakes. Here’s some helpful advice:

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your essay should be no longer than 2 pages double spaced. aim for a word count between 500 and 800. your topic sounds interesting, but make sure you relate to yourself. you don t want your essay to seem like a research paper.

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Hi, The SAT essay can be a bit tricky, but once you get used to the kind of prompts that appear on the test, writing it should become much easier! The short time-frame is also tough, but with practice, you ll get used to that too. Here are some "Do s and Don ts" for the SAT essay that you might find helpful: 1) Do take the time to read the prompt and make sure you understand what it’s asking. Rewrite it in your own language if that’s helpful. If you don’t write an essay that is on the topic presented, you will get a zero. Be sure you know what you’re supposed to be writing about! 2) Don’t start your essay by restating the prompt. SAT essay graders know what the prompt is. They don’t need to see it again. Instead, open with what we at Knewton like to call a “dazzler” sentence – in other words, a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention and gets them excited to read more of what you’ve written! 3) Don’t hide your thesis! Your thesis statement is not an Easter egg. Nobody wants to go hunting for it. Make sure it’s the last sentence of your introduction. 4) Do make your examples specific. The SAT essay is not the place to offer up hypothetical and/or vague examples. Save the metaphysics for when you’re hanging out in a dark Left Bank cafe with a philosophy graduate student named Fabian. Spend the first 5 minutes of the essay section brainstorming specific examples (from literature, history, current events or personal experience) that support your essay. Then choose the best 2-3 examples to turn into your body paragraphs – and make sure you only address one example per body paragraph! 5) Don’t write in the first person. Unless one of your examples is a personal anecdote – in which case, go for the narcissism – stick to the third person. Phrases such as “I think,” “I believe,” “In my opinion,” etc. should be avoided. The essay graders already know that this essay is from your point of view – you don’t need to tell them again! 6) Don’t write in a stream-of-consciousness style. Yes, James Joyce did it to excellent effect. But the “Penelope” chapter of Ulysses would also get a bad grade on the SAT. Also – don’t feel like you need to write loooong sentences because they sound “smart.” More likely than not, they will just sound confusing. You don’t want to lose the reader halfway through your sentence-paragraph. Use Ernest Hemingway for inspiration… not Henry James. At the same time, don’t write sentence fragments. Make sure you’ve got a main subject and verb! 7) Don’t be redundant. Make your point and move on. Don’t make it twice (or three times) in slightly different language. 8) Do know when – and when not – to use a comma. While comma usage is one of the more debated topics in the scintillating field of grammar studies, the number one rule to keep in mind is: Would I pause at this point when speaking this sentence? If yes, put a comma. If no, don’t put a comma. There are plenty of other times when you should use a comma, but when you’re reading through your essay, keep this main guideline in mind. 9) Don’t introduce new material in your conclusion. I know – it’s hard! You have one more point you desperately want to make but you’re almost out of time and space. Exercise some self control and save that point for later. The conclusion is the place to restate your thesis (using new language, of course), to remind the reader of the excellent, specific examples you have used to support your thesis, and to end with a brilliant parting thought. 10) Do leave yourself time to proofread. The most common errors? Missing words, subject-verb agreement issues, and missing punctuation and capitalization. Also – watch out for verb tenses! For future reference, you can find this list here: http://knewt.ly/AB Also, check out: -- "SAT Essay Prompts: What they look like and how to approach them": http://knewt.ly/AC -- "The SAT Essay: A Perfect 6": http://knewt.ly/AD -- "10 Tips for Writing Better SAT Essays": http://knewt.ly/AE I hope these resources are helpful to you! Best of luck, Meghan

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The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

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College Students Share Common App Tips, Tactics High schoolers should get an early start on The Common App.

The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Important Note for 2016-17 Applicants: The Common Application changed on August 1st, 2013! The tips and sample essays below will still provide useful guidance and essay samples for the new Common Application, but be sure also to read the new article for the 2016-17 Common Application:  Tips for the 5 New Common Application Essay Prompts.

Option #1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

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The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Important Note for 2016-17 Applicants: The Common Application changed on August 1st, 2013! The tips and sample essays below will still provide useful guidance and essay samples for the new Common Application, but be sure also to read the new article for the 2016-17 Common Application:  Tips for the 5 New Common Application Essay Prompts.

Option #1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.

As an independent college admissions consultant, I read many application essays and see many common application essay mistakes. Here’s some helpful advice:

The new college essay prompts for the Common Application are much more narrow than they have been in the past. However, some of the questions are new takes on questions that have sometimes appeared on various essay supplements. Thus it’s hard to say that these new prompts are all that “new.”

We’ve been looking at each of the prompts, starting with the background story , followed by the failure , and ending with the beliefs and ideas prompt. Today we take a look at the “ place or environment ” prompt.

“Funnily enough, I actually used this website to help guide a lot of my application essays, including this one. So I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to say thank you! I feel like my essays definitely strengthened my entire application.”

Brittany Stinson
Accepted to all 8 ivies and Stanford
2016
(wrote famous “Costco essay”)
Read more testimonials!

Writing an essay often seems to be a dreaded task among students. Whether the essay is for a scholarship, a class, or maybe even a contest, many students often find the task overwhelming. While an essay is a large project, there are many steps a student can take that will help break down the task into manageable parts. Following this process is the easiest way to draft a successful essay, whatever its purpose might be.

According to Kathy Livingston’s Guide to Writing a Basic Essay , there are seven steps to writing a successful essay:

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The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Important Note for 2016-17 Applicants: The Common Application changed on August 1st, 2013! The tips and sample essays below will still provide useful guidance and essay samples for the new Common Application, but be sure also to read the new article for the 2016-17 Common Application:  Tips for the 5 New Common Application Essay Prompts.

Option #1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.

As an independent college admissions consultant, I read many application essays and see many common application essay mistakes. Here’s some helpful advice:

The new college essay prompts for the Common Application are much more narrow than they have been in the past. However, some of the questions are new takes on questions that have sometimes appeared on various essay supplements. Thus it’s hard to say that these new prompts are all that “new.”

We’ve been looking at each of the prompts, starting with the background story , followed by the failure , and ending with the beliefs and ideas prompt. Today we take a look at the “ place or environment ” prompt.

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ya sure, see for writing an essay you need to have to have a command on your english..and you have to be more of visualization while writting a essay.

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The current Common Application , CA4, launched on August 1st, 2013, and the essay prompts were revised for the 2015-16 college application cycle. They have not changed for 2016-17. When CA4 launched, one of the biggest changes from the previous version was the essay section. Gone were the six essay prompts from the past decade, and college applicants no longer have the Topic of Your Choice option. With the 2015-16 udpates, the "describe a place" option  has been replaced by #4 below on solving a problem.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. With CA4, the length limit for the essay was increased from 500 words to 650 (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the five options below. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay doesn t include some self-analysis, you haven t fully succeeded in responding to the prompt.

No other system matches the diversity of colleges and universities accessible through the Common App. Explore and apply to schools across the world.

There is no need to repeat your applicant details for every college on your list.  Enter your information one time and use it to apply to multiple schools.

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Important Note for 2016-17 Applicants: The Common Application changed on August 1st, 2013! The tips and sample essays below will still provide useful guidance and essay samples for the new Common Application, but be sure also to read the new article for the 2016-17 Common Application:  Tips for the 5 New Common Application Essay Prompts.

Option #1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.

As an independent college admissions consultant, I read many application essays and see many common application essay mistakes. Here’s some helpful advice:

The new college essay prompts for the Common Application are much more narrow than they have been in the past. However, some of the questions are new takes on questions that have sometimes appeared on various essay supplements. Thus it’s hard to say that these new prompts are all that “new.”

We’ve been looking at each of the prompts, starting with the background story , followed by the failure , and ending with the beliefs and ideas prompt. Today we take a look at the “ place or environment ” prompt.

“Funnily enough, I actually used this website to help guide a lot of my application essays, including this one. So I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to say thank you! I feel like my essays definitely strengthened my entire application.”

Brittany Stinson
Accepted to all 8 ivies and Stanford
2016
(wrote famous “Costco essay”)
Read more testimonials!

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"I was totally stressed about applying to college, but the Common App made it really simple by letting me fill out one application for almost all of the colleges on my list. It also told me when requirements were due so that I never missed a deadline.”