As a group, these new prompts are relatively specific. (The general “Topic of Your Choice” essay has been eliminated.) For this reason, it crucial that you read each prompt carefully to determine exactly what it requires of you.
Fortunately, a recent series of posts from Montgomery Educational Consulting dissects each prompt and provides some tips on how to tackle it. Check out these posts below . . .
- Prompt 1 (a.k.a. “The Background Story”)
- Prompt 2 (a.k.a. “Learning from Failure”)
- Prompt 3 (a.k.a. “A Belief or Idea”)
- Prompt 4 (a.k.a. “A Place or Environment”)
- Prompt 5 (a.k.a. “The Transition to Adulthood”)
For more general information on what admissions officers do and do not want to see in essays, check out our College Essays that Made a Difference guidebook.