crimson34 wrote:Longtimecoming19 wrote:I just want to reemphasize how badly you should not attempt the HLR write-on competition. I submitted a transfer app to HLS and was accepted (ended up not going). At the end of May, I did their write-on competition concurrently with my old school's. At my old school, they give you a week to do it so that you can relax, plan, sleep, put it aside for periods of time, and basically have a life. At HLS, they give you a week because it takes basically 168 hours to do. It is bigger and badder than anything your current school does, and it's virtually impossible to do both, even relative to the odds of being admitted to HLS. If you get into HLS, you'll have a fantastic credential on your resume; don't torpedo your odds of making LR at your old school, without actually increasing your odds of getting onto HLR virtually at all, by doing the HLR write-on.
Does the admissions office have any way of determining whether you took part in the write on or can it help/hurt your application chances?
HLR says that they notify the admissions office if a transfer candidate gets on. Given how ridiculously rare that is (I too have only ever heard of one transfer in recent history making it), I imagine that writing onto HLR as a transfer candidate may very well = automatic admission. However, at least last year, HLR decisions came out after transfer decisions were already made, meaning that getting onto HLR couldn't help your transfer odds.