Optional Essay College

By Barbara Selmo | August 31, 2012 I have been blogging about how to embark on the MBA application process as a research project.

But a recent conversation I had with a colleague (thanks, James) inspired me to jump right to an aspect of the application that many of you may not be ready for: the optional essay.

The answer here is again a qualified yes (and for much the same reason as the qualified yes above).

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The Committee would really like to read your answers, because they had these very questions after reviewing your transcript. For TOEFL/IELTS takers, this essay is a great place for giving examples of why your English skills are far better than your scores (case in point—the essay itself is an example of your English skills).

The two required teacher evaluations should be completed by those who have instructed you in academic courses in either of your final two years of secondary school.

All students must submit an essay through the Common Application.

The college is test-optional, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential.

Students can submit either the SAT or the ACT if they feel their results best represent their academic potential.

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