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If your writing skills need work, consult your nearest tutor, teacher, or writing expert before the expectations get too high for your skill level to handle successfully.

Refine your writing skills now and use these techniques to improve your skills before applications and test dates.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, writing is important, you’ve heard it all before.

But you probably haven’t thought of exactly how much writing affects every aspect of your college search, and most parts of your college academic career as well.

Writing in High School

As you already know, writing is an integral part of many of your high school classes. And this trend will only increase as you rise in grade level. If you think you did a lot of writing in freshman English, just wait until you run into AP English literature.

Writing on Standardized Tests

Both the ACT and SAT standardized tests include an entire section devoted to writing. There are two ACT tests, one that includes a writing section and one that doesn’t. The kicker however, is that many top colleges recommend or require students to include writing scores. On the SAT, the writing portion makes up one third of your entire SAT score – that is up to 800 points of your final score.

Writing on College Applications

Almost every college application requires some sort of college essay, whether it’s a simple question about why you want to attend that school or a more complex one requiring you to compare your life to a classic novel. No matter which essays you are in line to need down the line, writing will be a determining factor of whether you get accepted or rejected.

Writing in College

Even if you think you’re going to skip out on the writing route by majoring in math or engineering, you still are going to need distribution requirements, electives, or general education requirements, all of which require a great deal of high-quality writing. And we aren’t talking high school writing here either. Where high school papers were two pages, your colleges ones will be ten. On top of that, if you decide to major in the arts, social sciences, or humanities, or go to a liberal arts college, you’ll find that papers are the norm, and even your exams require a lot of writing.

Writing in Your Career

And finally, think of all the emails, PowerPoint presentations, memos, references, resumes, projects, press releases, proposals, and pitches you might need to write throughout your career. No matter what you decide to do, writing will follow you. In today’s society, there is no hiding from the written word.

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