Choosing UC’s extended response, and more

October 29, 2006 at 6:38 am Leave a comment

Posted by Helen

In the October 27th post titled, “Basics of the UC essays” I wrote about some essential information you’ll need about going about writing your personal statement for the University of California application. Now, here’s information on how to choose which of the three essays will be your extended response, along with some extra tips I decided to add on! 

How to choose the extended response:

To some an obvious answer may jump out, however to others the choice may be less obvious. One of the best ways to decide which essay will be your extended response is by answering all of the suggested questions for each prompt on a piece of scratch paper. (The questions are found in the AdmitSpit post I wrote titled, “Basics of the UC essays.”) Jot down all information you deem to be relevant. Then, you can then look at the lengths of your different answers, and visually see which prompt you are likely to have the most to write about. This should be your extended response.

General writing strategies:

1. UC is specifically looking to make sure that you think critically about your responses, and write analytically. Make sure you question your responses, and answer the “What?” “Why?” and “How?”
2. To reiterate, these essays are essentially your own recommendations for yourself. Make sure they are persuasive in advocating for your admission.
3. The short responses are only 200 words, so make the most of them. Don’t be verbose or indirect. Go straight to the point! Don’t include excess background information or examples.
4. Make sure your long response supports, not restates, the information on your application.
5. Organization is key! Check your transitions and relevance level for all paragraphs.
6. Lastly, make sure that your personal statements reflect who you are. The best statement in the world is valueless if it is not personal.


Entry filed under: Admissions, AdmitSpit, Application, California, College trends, English, Essays, Organization, Personal statement, Public schools, Recommendations, Tips/Tricks, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UCLA, University of California, Word limit, Writing.

Remember, remember the first of November How “x” does academics: x = Stanford

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