Preparing for College

Why Do Admission Officials Ask for Graded Papers?

Question: Why do colleges require that, when you "submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year," it must have teacher comments and grade?

As annoying and frustrating as the admissions process can be, this is actually one of the parts of it that makes some sense. By submitting a paper with teacher comments and a grade, you give admission officials a tiny window into the standards at your high school. They can see how complex--or not--your assignments are and how high--or low--the teacher sets the bar when critiquing your work.

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