Writing Sample in Cursive?

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby Knock » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:33 am

The writing sample is only there so they can compare it to your certifying statement handwriting in the case that there was something suspicious about your test.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby Kilpatrick » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:37 am

Llewellyn wrote:
youpiiz wrote:i wrote in cursive. four schools that rejected me sent me a letter saying it was because i wrote my writing sample in cursive. three that wl-ed me wrote me back saying i would have been accepted otherwise.

From talking to admissions counselors at a various t25 schools, they all take the writing sample very seriously. There is a checklist they use to correlate between the writing sample and your personal statement, to compare the two samples and determine the likelihood that the same person authored both pieces. For example, writing in cursive correlates to the number of typos and grammatical errors in your personal statement. If you wrote in cursive, they expect to find many typos and grammatical errors in your personal statement. On the other hand, writing in print suggests very few typos and grammatical errors in your personal statement. There are, of course, other various categories but on the topic of cursive vs. print, this was the most glaringly obvious (and possibly damning) superficial category. Going forward, I would make sure to write your personal statement with as few errors as possible or the admissions counselors will think you hired someone else to either write your personal statement, or take the LSAT in lieu.

Good luck.

You put too much effort in to this flame. Shorter is better for post-LSAT trolling imo.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:29 am

The certifying statement was supposed to be in cursive, but I just wrote really fast, didn't lift my pencil except between words, and smooshed everything together, and I'm pretty sure they'll just say it looks shitty enough to be cursive and accept it.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby malfurion » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:38 am

I wrote in print for both the certifying statement and the writing sample. I'm 30 and haven't written in cursive since maybe 3rd grade; I don't remember how to write anything in cursive except my signature. I'd like schools to be able to actually read what I wrote, on the off chance that they actually do so. So, whatever. It's the least of my LSAT worries.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby itseightfortyfive » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:13 am

Hahaha I don't know why but this post is hilarious. I wish I worked for lsac. Getting these phone calls would make my day.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby quishiclocus » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:55 am

Our proctor was like, "And now, for the worst part of the test, you must copy the certifying statement. In cursive." She then went on to specifically say that printing was fine for the writing sample. I'm glad. It would have taken me six weeks to write out the writing sample in cursive, given how long it took me for the certifying statement. I broke my writing hand a few years ago, and since that point the only way I can really write is an incredibly cramped printing; cursive requires smooth strokes I really can't make very well. By the time I got to the end of that, I was in so much pain it was ridiculous. Do you think, if I have to take it again, they give disability accommodations for the certifying statement? ;)

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby youpiiz » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:56 am

"in cursive" doesnt get better than this


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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby 3|ink » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:57 am

During the last administration (Dec.), I was told that I had to write the certifying statement in cursive. I haven't used cursive since middle school. It's time consuming. It makes far more sense to take notes in print (when taking notes without a computer). I told my proctor I didnt know how to write in cursive. All of the other kids laughed.

Cursive is lame.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby Rudy » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:07 am

My proctor didn't say cursive (for the certifying statement) and the instructions on the sheet this time omitted the (DO NOT PRINT) warning. So I printed, and saved myself hand cramps and everyone time.

I'm 99% confident nothing bad will come of this.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby LSATNightmares » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:53 am

My proctor said the certifying statement did not have to be in cursive. She seemed rather experienced and good at proctoring, and she said that used to be the rule but we could now use our typical handwriting. She said we could print, so I did. I really don't think LSAC cares.

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby scruffs mcguff » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:08 am

I wrote the certifying statement in cursive anyway because I like to party.

Also, after finishing the writing sample, someone behind me was furiously erasing many lines they had written from their writing sample and I think I then heard this person writing more. I bet schools cant wait to get their writing with a paragraph of a bunch of illegible scribble at the end

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby TOMaHULK » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:28 am

Not only did my proctor never mention anything about the statement or sample having to be written in cursive, but I specifically read the instructions on the statement several times and it said nothing about cursive. I did this because in the past when I took the LSAT, it "did" have to be written in cursive and it said so on the answer sheet.

It does not have to be written in cursive.

Also, the proctor looked over all of our answer sheets during the break and had this guy sign his name here/this girl write out all her personal info that she just bubbled, etc. If it had to be in cursive we would have heard about it. Also, since my hand was crapping up already on the statement from using a tiny ass'd pencil to write with and the bubbling of all the info, I was making the "dot dot dot" sound with my pencil. Because it was print. The whole damn room was making this "dot dot dot" sound, which wouldn't happen in cursive. :lol:

^^Yes, we're blowing this thing out of proportion. Mainly because we've exhausted so much time/effort and energy into this test and now we can do nothing by wait. Feelsbadman... :cry:

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Re: Writing Sample in Cursive?

Postby Chimica » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:31 pm

I actually asked about ths before I started writing because we were given instructions that the statement had to be in cursive (which involved everyone around me frantically erasing their statement and starting again).

So I asked before the writing sample and was told that printing was fine.

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