Information about the Common Application and registration deadlines for ACT’s and SAT’s, and Naviance (important information).
The Common Application is now available. You can access it at Commonapp.org. The 2016-17 Common Application essay prompts are as follows:
Instructions. 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. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)
• Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
• The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
• Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
If you plan on registering for the ACT (September) or SAT (October), please make note of the following test dates. Registration deadlines are usually a month prior to the test date:
SAT (anticipated date)
Tasks to be completed by September
Students should be working on their Student Data Portfolio to help their counselor with writing the letter of recommendation. It can be found in the “About Me” tab in Naviance.
Parents should be completing the Parent Brag Sheet also found in Naviance. If you have not gotten access already, please contact Vicky McDonald, Guidance Secretary at email@example.com to obtain your access code for Naviance. Parent access to Naviance is required to complete the Parent Brag Sheet, a document that is very useful to the counselors when writing their letter of recommendation.
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