I am reviewing a lot of applications for the upcoming Early Decision and Early Action deadlines for my students.
I appreciate the template of the Common Application and how easy it is to navigate through each section. But a few of the questions are not that straightforward and I see my students struggling to figure out how to answer them.
Here are the trickiest questions and how to approach them:
1. Language Proficiency
2. Social Security Number
3. Parents' Occupation, Employment Status, and Employer
4. Dual Enrollment, College, or Other High Schools
5. Grades (and Rank)
6. Future Plans
8. Participation Grade Levels (in the Activities section)
9. Similar Activity in College (in the Activities section)
10. Additional Information
I have filled out the Common Application thousands of times with my students. I have read through hundreds of thousands of applications when I worked on the college side of the admissions process. I know the ins and outs of this application, but students are filling this application out for the first time. Some questions are straightforward; other questions are less intuitive. If you are ever unsure about how to respond, use the Common App "Need help?" boxes in each section. You will often find your answer!