Friday, July 3, 2020
Make Sure You Answer the Essay Question!
This is such a common error! Applicants so many times ask, Ã¢â¬Å"What does the admissions reader want?Ã¢â¬ They want the answer to their question. And too frequently you donÃ¢â¬â¢t provide what they want. If the question asks you to discuss a failure, somewhere in that essay you must discuss a time when you really blew it. And then what you learned, and if appropriate, a nice dose of how you successfully handled a similar subsequent situation. But the starting point has to be an answer to the question posed. If the question asks why you want to attend a given program, you need to provide specifics about that program that relate to your interests and goals. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t respond with an answer that could apply to all programs in your field. That is a non-answer, non-starter, and probable ding. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t tell them why you are more qualified than anyone else to attend their program. Just answer the question. What if itÃ¢â¬â¢s an open-ended question with just general instructions? Then follow the general instructions and enjoy the luxury of writing about what interests you and best presents your qualifications. Avoid Fatal Flaw #2: Keep the application alive. Answer the question. Fatal Flaw #2: Failure to Answer the Question was excerpted from Five Fatal Flaws: Eliminate the 5 Most Common Flaws in your Grad School Statement of Purpose. To view the entire free special report, please click here. Ã Accepted.com ~ Helping You Write Your Best