UC Application Essay Questions Stay the Same for Fall of 2015

Prompts for the UC personal statements remain unchanged for prospective students applying in the Fall of 2015.
Summary of the UC application personal statements
A summary of the UC application personal statements.

As summer slowly comes to its end, upcoming high school seniors begin to think about their college applications and how they’ll set themselves apart from other students. One way to stand out from the crowd is through the personal statement(s).

This year’s UC essay prompts

Those who will be applying to the University of California (UC) colleges will be glad to hear that the essay prompts this year are the same as the ones from the previous year. The first essay prompt is: “Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.” And the second essay prompt is: “Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?”

Students may get a head start and work on their statements now. They must keep in mind that both essays must add up to a maximum of 1,000 words total and it is recommended that each essay be at least 250 long.

For more information about the UC application personal statements, visit the official UC admissions page about personal statements.


College Board SAT Practice App–where is it?

Summary: The College Board “SAT Practice App” is not yet available for download; it is scheduled for launch in September, 2015. (Source)

Photo of a student's hand filling in multiple choice bubbles.

If you have the new College Board SAT prep book, you may have noticed that there is now an option to score your test electronically using the College Board SAT Practice app.

However, if you follow the link to (found on the new answer sheets), there is as of yet no mention of this app. More confusing–a search on the iTunes App Store reveals nothing, either. (The closest thing is the SAT question of the day app.)

So, how to download the SAT Practice App?

So what’s up with the app? And what will the app do? Well, it appears that the app will allow you to take a picture of your practice exam and grade your test using the resulting image. Khan Academy has also said that they hope to continue development on the app so that it integrates with the SAT prep program that they are offering with Collegeboard. However, for this app we will have to wait:  The College Board has said that the app will not be available until September 2015.