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How To Format College Admission Essay Properly

College admission essay are probably among the hardest to write of any type of essay. This is mostly because of the pressure and the personal nature of the essay. Since this is the one thing that will make or break your application, there's a lot hanging on the success of your writing. Because of this, you'll need some tips and guidance on how to make your application essay and that's what this article is all about!

Writing Admission Essays

If you haven't started your essay yet, don't worry about the format; it should be the furthest thing from your mind until you've actually finished the first draft. The formatting is what happens after everything else, so that's where you need to start.

  1. First, you need to know what the college board expects from any application essay. This is very important; following their instructions exactly will raise your chances of being accepted, even if your essay isn't all that good.
  2. Make a brief outline. Even for those students who don't like outlining or don't see why they should do it, it is worth your time. Even simplify making a list of what your essay needs to have and filling it in with details about what you're going to write about counts as an outline.
  3. Now is the time for any research, if you need to do it. If you're writing about an event in your life that a relative or friend knows more about, it would be a good idea to talk to them to get more details first.
  4. Writing your first draft of this essay should be very simple. Write it as fast as you can so you have more time for editing.
  5. When editing, you should always have a trusted friend or family member read your essay and get their opinion. They'll spot errors that you missed.

After that, you're ready to format. If there are specific guidelines on your college's website regarding admission essays, make sure to stick to them! Often, those who judge admissions essays are really just seeing if you can follow instructions, and are regarding the content of your essay after that. If the instructions are vague or you can't find any, you might want to phone the college and ask them about it. They'll know that you're serious about your education and that you respect their rules.