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Writing College Essays

Not all colleges require application essays, but if you are applying to a private college or university, chances are good that the process will include submitting either a personal statement or essay that demonstrates your writing abilities and gives admissions staff a sense of who you are as a person.

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The College Board develops the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and has one of the largest college search catalogs in the world. The organization also aggregates helpful tools and insights around college admissions. A robust focus is placed on entrance essays with resources spanning from shared experiences to sample work and how-to videos to clever prompts.

Here are a few must-reads:

8 Tips for Crafting Your Best College Essays

Students Speak: How I Conquered the Application Essay

Follow the URLs in the Links box to view sample essays. Students can read through each text, identify the strengths and weaknesses, and then compare notes with College Board reviewers.

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