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 scores. (Pure-play homeschoolers are generally not able to take IB tests, for which those spaces on the form can also be used.)
The ethnic self-identification question, discussed in a FAQ thread here on College Confidential,
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).
The Homeschooling Supplement form, only in its second year as a standard attachment to the Common Application, has been altered to ask if the family is a member of any homeschooling support organizations.
What other interesting changes do you see? What do you think about the overall Common Application form?