Writing Supplement Option B - Frequently Asked Questions

Option B  Submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year that best represents your writing skills and analytical abilities.  We are particularly interested in your ability to construct a tightly reasoned, persuasive argument that calls upon literary, sociological or historical evidence.  You should NOT submit a laboratory report, journal entry, creative writing sample or in-class essay.

I attend a school that does not issue traditional grades. How can I satisfy the "graded paper" requirement?

The term "graded paper" refers to a paper that you submitted in one of your junior or senior year classes for a grade or other academic evaluation, so it accommodates papers written by student in high schools with traditional grades or non-grade evaluation systems.

The paper I want to submit has comments from my teacher written on it.  Is that okay or do I have to prepare a clean copy without comments?

We actually prefer that you submit a paper that has both a grade and comments from your teacher, so there is no need to prepare a "clean" copy for submission.

Is there a limit to the page length of the paper I can submit?

There is no hard-and-fast rule for official page limit. Typically, we anticipate a paper of 4-5 pages will provide adequate length to demonstrate your analytical abilities. Somewhat longer papers can also be submitted, but in most cases should not exceed 8-10 pages.

May I submit a paper written in a language other than English?

No, all submitted papers must be in English.