Class of 2014 -

posted Jun 20, 2013, 6:47 AM by Hilary Godin

Information about the Common Application and registration deadlines for ACT’s and SAT’s.

The next generation Common Application (CA4) will be available on August 1, 2013.  You can access it at  There are all new essay topics, and they are listed below for those of you who would like to get a head start in writing your essay.   

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 or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

• 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 place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

• 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 registration deadlines:

ACT    September 21, 2013    Registration Deadline: August 23, 2013

SAT     October 5, 2013    Registration Deadline:  September 6, 2013

Registration for both tests must be done online at either or