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What does "critically evaluate" mean??

mckx2mckx2 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
edited November 2004 in College Admissions
I need to write a college essay this week that asks this question: "Critically evaluate (in bold print) one important aspect of your educational experience to date. Among your options are a book, a course, an individual , or a significant experience that has influenced you in a meaningful way."
How should I approach this? What do you think they want by using the word "critically?" I'm thinking about writing about my experience of being on a State championship high school team. Thanks for any help.
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Replies to: What does "critically evaluate" mean??

  • bettinabettina Registered User Posts: 1,236 Senior Member
    I think by saying that they mean they want an analytical paper where you show your evaluation, logic and argument skills. They are not looking so much for a story. Usually a critical evaluation of a book or a course would show positive as well as negative aspects and try to come to a conclusion. You can do the same with an individual or a sig experience. Just if you are illustrating a story, you should have just as much space devoted to analyizing it. Interesting question, what school is this?
  • mckx2mckx2 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Thanks Bettina, I think. :eek: It's hard to know how to proceed. So do I still use the rule of thumb of showing not telling. This essay is for a college scholarship. Thanks!!
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