Workplace Grad school application help required!

Alana1981

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Mar 16, 2006
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Hello everyone! I hope I am posting in the right place. So I have a fairly urgent question. I am in the middle of applying to graduate school and one of the schools requires I submit a writing sample, preferably related to the area of study I wish to pursue as an MA student. So I have a problem -- do I submit one from outside the area of study that received an A plus and has been submitted for an award, or should I submit one from inside the area of study that received a lower grade (a low A/high A minus)? Thoughts?
 

lorihmatthews

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Oct 7, 2006
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If they're asking for a sample preferably related to your area of study, then submit one from the area of study where you received the lower grade. IMO there isn't much difference between an A+/A/A-.
 

renza

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Did you get comments back on your paper when you received the grade? Any writing samples you submit for grad school applications should be fine-tuned, so I suggest polishing the paper that pertains to your potential field of study; do a little more research, strengthen your argument, etc.
 

No Cute

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Aug 17, 2008
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Why not revise something that was a good grade in your area of study. Do they seek a specific topic and want you to compose something new? If not, then revise what you have receive feedback on. Also, if it's been a while since you wrote the piece, you'll have fresh eyes and will see things that can improve it.

Commit the time to this one as the essays weigh heavily. I got into grade school with a less than stellar gpa (transfer student, so harder, upper level classes were all that was in my GPA), and it was my writing sample and recommendations that did it.
 
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Agree with the above posters. Use a writing sample that is relevant to your area of study and revise as necessary. Writing samples will be weighted heavily when you are borderline getting in.
 

twiggers

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As a professor reviewing grad school applications I agree with the others. Disregarding the instructions is a big no-no and could result in people completely ignoring the application.