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The Short Answer - Common Application Tips

By September 12, 2012

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There are now close to 500 colleges that accept the Common Application. While many students worry most about the Common Application personal essay, the short answer represents an entirely different type of challenge. In roughly 150 words or fewer, you need to elaborate on one of your activities. The short length can be frustrating--how can you say something meaningful in a single little paragraph?

Central to this challenge is picking the right activity to discuss and avoiding these 5 short answer mistakes. To learn more about what makes a short answer work well, check out these tips, sample responses and critiques:


June 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(1) Susie Watts says:

Thanks for the blog on making the most of the Common Application. Since so many students use this as their main application, it is important that they get it right. There are some useful suggestions. I will pass them on to the students with whom I work.

Susie Watts
Denver, Colorado

June 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm
(2) collegeapps says:

Thanks Susie!

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