Getting the most out of the writing section

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby CGI Fridays » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:20 pm

achilles wrote:our proctor told us not to, because it made the image that's sent to schools hard to read. she said to just cross it out instead. but since they probably won't read it anyway, it shouldn't matter

Thanks.
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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby sidhesadie » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:21 pm

Yeah, they said the scanning equipment is sensitive and will often pick up erasures, leaving that part illegible.

I also wondered if it is just to see who can follow directions, LOL.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby CGI Fridays » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:22 pm

Expletive.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Cromartie » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:28 pm

niederbomb wrote:
niederbomb wrote:
UVA says they take the RS seriously and compare it to the PS to see if the applicant really wrote his/her own PS.

Do they really? I don't know, but I'd rather not find out.


The Riting Section? Is this what you were getting at with the RS? I hope so.


Hahaha. Yeah, RS just came out because it looked like "PS." I guess it should have been "WS." I guess it matches my avatar and my home state. :wink:


Nah, you're good. Remember the 3 R's? Reading, Riting and Rithmetic.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Hedwig » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:48 am

My proctor said not to erase, but to scratch stuff out instead so it wouldn't be hard to read on the scanning thing, as it picks up erasures as smudges, or something.

sidhesadie wrote:Don't feel bad, eit.

I used "Although" far too many times. :) Probably in a similar manner to your use of "while".


Yeah. I mean, it's good to use counter premises, obviously... I just went a little crazy with them.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby kazu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:01 am

sidhesadie wrote:Yeah, they said the scanning equipment is sensitive and will often pick up erasures, leaving that part illegible.

I also wondered if it is just to see who can follow directions, LOL.

Ahaha I erased several times, and when I looked at my writing sample later on you couldn't tell AT ALL. LSAC is just being paranoid - like their discouraging faxed LORs because "often a faxed letter is not clear" or whatever.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Hedwig » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:05 am

My proctor also told us we should handwrite the Writing Sample because it said "write." Well, yes, it also said write the date...

It's not terrible if you don't handwrite the writing sample, right? My printing is very clear and neat and looks nice, my handwriting can be nice but wayyy more illegible.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby northwood » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:07 am

i erased several times. the worst part was all of the eraser shavings on the table. i wrote in print. perhaps i should have taken notes or done an outline before writing... maybe next time, hopefully never

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Pleasye » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:13 am

eit wrote:My proctor also told us we should handwrite the Writing Sample because it said "write." Well, yes, it also said write the date...

It's not terrible if you don't handwrite the writing sample, right? My printing is very clear and neat and looks nice, my handwriting can be nice but wayyy more illegible.
I didn't even know handwrite = cursive.

ETA: and hell no I didn't write that shit in cursive.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Adjudicator » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:15 am

My printing looks like a 4th grader's and I can't even write cursive. But, I can type over 100 wpm! :|

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby YCrevolution » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:16 am

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby slacker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:17 am

The only thing I remember how to write in cursive is my name. =/

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Blumpbeef » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:30 am

I used both cursive and print, depending on how tired my hand was. I hate pencils. I can at least write reasonably well with a fine mechanical pencil, about as well as I write with a fountain pen, but a stupid #2 is just useless.

I kept erasing, then remembering I wasn't supposed to and then crossing out the blank area where I erased.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby AreJay711 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:33 am

I erased. I think they say that just so you don't smear the crap out of it. I picked Dr. R for some pretty good reasons I thought though even if it didn't matter.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby r2b2ct » Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:32 am

My writing sample was garbage. I spent most of the time stressing out while trying to predict my score and finally started writing with about 10 min left. I filled a little more than half of the front side.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby incompetentia » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:31 am

I think the last time I wrote that much by hand was the SAT.
Seriously, between my inability to take notes and typing (I briefly majored in piano so that helps WPM)...
Plus I'm a lefty so my hand had all sorts of pencil fairy dust on it at the end. Ugh

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby lolol10 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:41 am

hey guys idk what you all put down for the writing sample. i hope thats the experimental section i was like caught up bigggggg timez on what to write. i felt like i was just in a shell game the entire time, second guessing myself. i might cancel now after that experience.....

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby incompetentia » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:49 am

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Ragged » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:35 am

lolol10 wrote:hey guys idk what you all put down for the writing sample. i hope thats the experimental section i was like caught up bigggggg timez on what to write. i felt like i was just in a shell game the entire time, second guessing myself. i might cancel now after that experience.....


All I know is that writing section is NEVER experimental.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby lolol10 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:38 am

Ragged wrote:
lolol10 wrote:hey guys idk what you all put down for the writing sample. i hope thats the experimental section i was like caught up bigggggg timez on what to write. i felt like i was just in a shell game the entire time, second guessing myself. i might cancel now after that experience.....


All I know is that writing section is NEVER experimental.


i was joking.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby aquasalad » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:47 pm

My sweaty hands, coupled with my left-handedness, was a way bigger issue than my several erasures. By the time I concluded part of the way down the backside, the whole thing was smudged considerably to the degree that any copy will probably turn out as a grey sheet of paper. Oh ya, I was for the media/book writing chick, and completely tore apart the other on the basis of her lack of real world clinical experience and "impressive verbosity." Either option was pretty uninspiring. I was hoping for a prompt with a little more room for fun, but you know I was just glad to get out of there.

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Tainted_Praise » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:50 pm

nylost wrote:
eit wrote:I think I used too many adversative clauses beginning with "while." Shoulda mixed it up a bit. Hard when you can't erase.

You are beautiful



I erased anyway..... Megh

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby Tainted_Praise » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:52 pm

Kobe_Teeth wrote:
niederbomb wrote:UVA says they take the RS seriously and compare it to the PS to see if the applicant really wrote his/her own PS.

Do they really? I don't know, but I'd rather not find out.


The Riting Section? Is this what you were getting at with the RS? I hope so.


Lmfao... I wasn't going to say anything. :/

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Re: Getting the most out of the writing section

Postby justadude55 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:53 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:
Ragged wrote:
CGI Fridays wrote:Seriously folks, were we not supposed to erase?


Yes, I did a few times anyway though.

:oops:

I only did it a few times as well, but what's the reasoning? Legibility after copying?


you can absolutely erase; it just doesn't look so good on the scan




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