Tag Archives: Essays

Common App Essay Prompts 2017-18 Cycle

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. Of the almost 700 … Continue reading

What’s the “Write” Option?

Students who don’t like to write are often looking for outs when it comes to writing.  The ACT and now SAT calling their writing or essay portion of the test “optional”, often feels like it’s ripe for opting OUT of the dreaded essay.  So what’s one to do? LEAP offers advice to families with the desire to keep all college options open for application in the fall of the senior year. Colleges that DON’T Require the Writing Portion As of fall 2016, the initiation of application season for the class of 2017, there’s been a change. ALL Ohio public schools no … Continue reading

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish.  These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating the optimal essay takes focus and time. August 1st brings a flurry of activity when most applications becoming available, fall extra curriculars starting and don’t forget senior year starting. Keeping all of the balls in the air, while keeping grades up, requires room in your schedule that can be hard to find. One way to maximize your schedule and develop the best essay possible … Continue reading

ACT Changes for Fall 2015 – Here We Go Again

While the SAT is undergoing a major overhaul to premiere in March of 2016 (watch our video explaining the redesigned SAT/PSAT), the ACT is announcing a few, albeit rather small comparatively speaking, changes as well. Some of these changes were seen in the last school year, but the most major change, to the writing test, debuts in September. LEAP has invested a great deal of time and research on SAT and ACT changes and our test prep program started in 1999 is at the ready for the newest versions of the tests! Reading The test remains 40 questions in 35 … Continue reading

4 Reasons to Write a Student Resume

A student resume is essentially the brag sheet for colleges you court. Most students keep an ongoing list in their head of what they’ve done and what they’ve won. However, there are real benefits to formalizing that internal list into a document before college applications are tackled. Don’t Miss Your Accomplishments If you wait until sitting at the computer completing applications, you may just forget something you’ve done. Formalizing the resume early, revisiting it, and sharing with parents will make sure nothing is forgotten. It also helps you think through the importance of what you’ve done and what pursuits best … Continue reading

So You Didn’t Get a Summer Job

Whether you put off the job search too long or are a victim of the economy, there are still plenty of ways for college bound students to have a productive summer. Rising Seniors A busy fall during application season is unavoidable, but pacing yourself starting this summer can ease the stress and still allow you to enjoy your senior year. Be a researcher. A realistic goal is to have a finalized list of colleges for application by August 1st when the Common App and many others will go online. Starting your search on the web is great and you’ll likely … Continue reading

Common App Changes Coming

The Common App is going through major changes and getting a fresh new look for the 2013-14 admission cycle.  This week I attended a webinar on the changes and thought I’d highlight those with great impact on students. The ESSAY.  For most this strikes fear in the hearts of applicants.  It seems pressure filled. Instead I encourage students to look at this as an opportunity to market yourself apart from the numbers that define you: GPA, class rank, test scores.   New for 2013-14: Word Count Changes.  250 minimum and 650 maximum, up from 500 last year. No Essay Upload. Previously students … Continue reading

Twitter Facebook RSS