NYTimes shares students’ college application essays

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As you are working on your personal statements for next fall, consider the following college application essays, published by the New York Times.  Themes include students overcoming economic hardships, exploring notions of class, working and affluence. The key about these essays is that they all reveal young people emerging stronger because of their experiences.

For support writing your UC Application essays, click here.

UC Personal Statement Essay

All Juniors must complete a draft of the UC Personal Statement essay in May 2015. Students will revise these for their College Applications in the Fall.

The Prompts:

  1. Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
  2. Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
  3. Transfer Prompt: What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.

Here are some helpful resources for writing your UC Personal Statement.

Don’t procrastinate! The key is to revise, revise, revise…

AP Language Exam Study Guide

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The AP English Language Exam is on Wednesday, May 13, 2015Scores will be posted online in July.

The test itself is three hours and 15 minutes.

  • Multiple Choice: 60 minutes for 52-54 multiple choice questions on 4-5 reading passages – Counts as 45% of the final score
  • Reading: 15 minutes to read synthesis essay sources and plan essay
  • Essay: 120 minutes for three essay questions, includes rhetorical analysis, synthesis and argument – Counts as 55% of the final score
  • No points are deducted for wrong answers, so students are encouraged to answer all multiple-choice answers. Use process of elimination to get rid of wrong answer choices.

Released Test Questions:

Helpful Study Resources:

Essay Questions (Free Response Section):

  • Argument (40 minutes)
  • Synthesis (40 minutes writing + 15 minutes reading)
  • Analysis (40 minutes)

Important Note: Click on the image below to create your College Board account and sign up for your 2015 AP scores.

apscores2Click here for AP Exam Information, including Multiple-Choice Questions, Free-Response Questions, and Scoring Guidelines.

AP English Language Vocabulary Resources

Vocabulary

There is a variety of important vocabulary to learn when preparing for the AP English Language and Composition Test. Here are a few online resources: