The Nine Dimensions of Written Communication
You've got a GPA to be proud of and impressive standardized test scores. Now comes the really hard part
of your applications: writing your essays or personal statements.
The many sample admission essays you'll find in books and on Web sites can give you a decent starting point for your own writing. However,
sample essays can't tell your individual story. All Star Essays can help ensure that your essays and personal statements reflect
your uniqueness as an applicant. We can also make sure that your writing contains the nine dimensions that admissions committees
look for in applicants' writing:
||Do you present your ideas and images in a way that makes it easy for the reader to move from one to other?
||Does your essay have a clear, strong underlying structure that helps the reader make sense of what you're trying to say?
||Does your writing follow the proper rules of grammar? If not, you may give your reader the impression that you are either uneducated or
careless – or wind up saying something quite different from what you meant to say.
||Do you use the right word to say what you mean to say? (Should you use 'effect' or 'affect' here? 'Compliment' or 'complement'?)
||Content is your material – what you choose to write about.
||Are your sentences and paragraphs connected to one another in a logical way? Or do you seem to be jumping from one idea to another for no clear reason?
||Tone is the 'voice' that someone can imagine hearing when they read your writing. Does your essay have the right tone to speak to an admissions committee?
||Is the topic and purpose of your essay clear to the reader?
||Can the reader understand why you wrote this essay?
Top schools genuinely embrace the principle of diversity in admissions. However, there is one common trait that
distinguishes accepted applicants from unsuccessful applicants, and that is
the ability to write effectively. An effective admissions essay or personal statement not only tells admissions committees members why
they want to have the applicant as a student, but also demonstrates that the applicant has the intellectual and communication skills
required for academic success.
Writing an effective admissions essay is a daunting task, even for good writers. Don't despair, though. Your strong test scores and excellent grades indicate that you have the aptitude to acquire strong
writing skills. With the support and professional advice of a writing mentor, you will quickly learn what works in your essay,
what doesn't, and what should be changed to make the essay stronger.
Our writing mentors are published authors and award-winning journalists. Our editors have many years of experience
editing and proofreading for respected publishing houses and top periodicals. These essay writers and editors are truly
All Stars. They will ensure that you shine through your application essays.
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