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Should I Send Extra Writing Samples with my College Applications?

Question: I have a narrative essay that I want to submit with my college applications. I wrote it in junior English, and I feel it's one of my better pieces, with one exception: there are a couple of pretty big typos. Should I still submit it? Should I tack on a little note explaining that the typos aren't typical for me? I have another good essay, about 4 or 5 pages long, that I wrote about a book. I don't want to annoy the admissions officers, so would it be too much to send both? Or would sending both help to redeem myself on the typos?

I suggest that you send the narrative essay, but I don't think you should send both extra pieces. Unless a college has specifically asked for a graded writing sample (and a few do) then a four- or five-page discussion of a book you read is extraneous, especially since you'll already be sending the narrative essay as an unsolicited writing sample.

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