High School Seniors: Brace For Big College Application Changes

Rob Hart
July 22, 2018 - 2:19 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It may be the heart of summer, but college application season is right around the corner. 

High school seniors will spend the fall completing  their college applications.

The application process is changing.  Standardized tests don't carry as much weight as they once did.

DePaul University and the University of Chicago announced they will no longer require prospective students to submit standardized test scores.

"If there's no essays in the standardized tests then the application essay, the common application essay, or whatever questions the school is asking you to write about are definitely more important," said essay writing coach Brenda Bernstein.   

With SAT and ACT scores taking a back seat, .Bernstein said prospective students can introduce themselves to schools through their application essay, which asks applicants to explain how an experience led to personal growth.

"There's always some angle.  Pretty much any experience can be turned into a great college essay, but you need to be careful not to fall into the pitfalls," Bernstein said.

She encourages incoming high school seniors to devote some time during the summer to writing practice essays.