U.S. News Shares Admissions Essay Tips for English Language Learners

Application season is upon us once again! All around the world, students are preparing their school wish lists, taking their tests, and drafting their essays! U.S. News and World Report, the periodical famous for their university rankings, shared some tips for English Language Learners to draft their application personal statements.

These are some creative tips, from reading backwards (not word for word but sentence to sentence), not using fancy SAT words, to making sure not to copy or plagiarize. I especially agree with the last tip, because many international students are not familiar with U.S. academic standards of plagiarism. While I like these basic tips, I think the best recommendation is to ask a native speaker to look over your work and offer edits!

What are some other tips that you would recommend to international students and students whose first language is not English?

(Photo Credit: US News)


About "Asian American Admission Officer"
I'm a education professional with many years of highly selective admissions experience at a small East Coast liberal arts Ivy as well as a med-sized research institution. After reading many personal statements from Asian American high school students with the phrase "I'm not just another Asian American...(fill in the blank with stereotype)," I decided to write about Asian Americans in higher education. My goals are to 1) educate readers about issues related to Asian Americans in higher education, 2) offer college admission advice to high school students and parents, and 3) serve as a resource for students with questions about applications, college life, and related issues.

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