Common Application Preview is Online
This thread can be the beginning of a FAQ thread about the Common Application for the 2008-2009 school year.
The Common Application organization has announcedhttps://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/news.aspx#298668
that a preview of the 2008-2009 Common Applicationhttp://www.ayrecruiting.com/cao/update/CombinedFirstYearForms2009.pdf
is available online. This is not yet the official version of the form that will be used by applicants this fall, but it is possible to look at yellow highlighted areas on the online .PDF document to see changes in the new version of the Common Application. One significant change is that the Common Application now includes a space for self-reporting AP test (or IB test) scores.
The ethnic self-identification question, discussed in a FAQ thread here on College Confidential,http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/441477-fastest-growing-ethnic-category-great-colleges-race-unknown.html
has NOT been updated to reflect the latest guidance by the federal Department of Education, which will be mandatory by the 2009-2010 application year. For the moment, the form makes very clear that self-identifying with any ethnic group is OPTIONAL (which is indeed the law, and which will still be the law next year).
What other interesting changes do you see? What do you think about the overall Common Application form?
The Common Application site has a way to log inhttps://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/TransferToHelp.aspx?Type=1
to access an extensive list of FAQs about the Common Application (which, in my humble opinion, ought not require logging in to access, but the site designers are stupid like that).