Testing Page First and foremost, please recognize that the entire testing page is optional.
Only students who wish to self-report their standardized test results (or future test dates) for the ACT, SAT, AP, IB or TOEFL exams need complete this section.
Give them a call if the school website doesn’t answer your question.
And if there’s the slightest doubt about to what schools you might be applying, do the safe thing by completing the SAT or ACT essay.
Activities Page The activities page is undoubtedly the least appreciated (and probably most underutilized) section of the Common Application. Because most students are content to supply basic, bland descriptions of their activities, not realizing they have the opportunity to unleash bold and engaging writing to capture their reader’s attention.
Writing Page Not all colleges require the submission of your personal essay.
For example, students aren’t to wear clean clothing to job interviews, but…
…while a fairly small number of colleges require completion of the ACT Writing Section or the SAT Essay Section, it might still well be to a student’s benefit to do so.
Once you’ve added colleges to your “My College” list, you will see two lists of schools on this page: those that require the essay and those that do not.
You will have the opportunity to send your personal essay to the colleges that fall in this latter category during the submission process.