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Princeton Graded Essay

Jleto18Jleto18 Registered User Posts: 316 Member
For the graded essay, my word count is 1,857 words (almost over double the word count of 1,000), however, it can fit on 5 pages if I use 11.5 font. It's MLA format, Times New Roman, Double-Spaced with the only exception being the 11.5 font instead of 12. If I use 12 font, it goes over by one line onto a 6th page. Should I use 11.5 font, or will AOs count off for that? Also, how am I supposed to upload the paper with comments if my teacher only graded it as a physical copy? Do I have to send my teacher the file of my paper and have them digitally make comments? Sorry, I can't find anything about it on Princeton's page.
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Replies to: Princeton Graded Essay

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 43,634 Super Moderator
    Sorry, I can't find anything about it on Princeton's page.
    I quickly found it:
    Mail, email or upload the graded written paper to your applicant portal.
    https://admission.princeton.edu/updated-application-requirements
    how am I supposed to upload the paper with comments if my teacher only graded it as a physical copy?
    Scan to pdf. Stamp and an envelope will also work.
  • chinmatochinmato Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    For the graded essay portion, Princeton says how the paper should be "submitted for a course, preferably English or history, that appears on the student’s official transcript from the last three years of secondary schooling." The problem is that my English teachers in the past three years haven't provided any constructive feedback in the past, and they left their comments online through Canvas (so I can't access them anymore). Do you think that they would accept a paper from this year that was just graded?
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,810 Senior Member
  • EfuantaEfuanta Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    Hey there I think you should obey the word limit provided. Also I don't really know what they require. Am I supposed to write a random article or write another essay about myself??
  • geekgurlgeekgurl Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    @Efuanta They want a graded academic paper, either in English or history.
  • EfuantaEfuanta Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    thanks
  • Samsmom2019Samsmom2019 Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    I just checked the FAQ for the graded paper submission and it specifically says there is no word count or page limit, but that "one to two pages is sufficient". My son has no papers that are only 1-2 pages with a written grade on them so I'm glad there isn't a limit....
  • cuteraspberriescuteraspberries Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Guys I need HELP!!!

    I have 2 options to submit to Princeton:

    (A) 25 page scientific paper on 1-year lab research I wrote with another student. A+ grade received.

    or

    (B) 5 page English paper which was written SO WELL but my class is hard as heck, so, B+ grade, I was the sole writer and it d The teacher comments are also complete trash she didn't write one single positive thing.

    I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!
  • yucca10yucca10 Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    @cuteraspberries Princeton specifically wants a paper in a humanities subject, so (B). If it's really well written I don't think the grade will matter so much. You don't have any other papers, maybe from last year?
  • HYPopotamousHYPopotamous Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    ^^
    I would go with the second one. I don't think they will read all 25 pages and if the 5 page one is well-written, the grade shouldn't matter.
  • cuteraspberriescuteraspberries Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @yucca10 @HYPopotamous yes! thank you I decided to go with that in the end. I asked my teacher for a re-take form so that I can make some minor edits and at least I can get the grade up into the A range.
  • csNotBScsNotBS Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Princeton states, "The admission office is more interested in the quality of the writing than the grade it received and encourages you to submit a graded written paper that shows your best efforts, regardless of the grade." I got in with a graded paper from AP English that scored 4/9 (didn't follow prompt, oops). I wouldn't worry too much about the grade itself if you think it's written well.
  • GreenspanYellenGreenspanYellen Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    Or you could ask your teacher to make edits on Google Docs and then download as a Word File
  • benanderson1001benanderson1001 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I'm applying RD and I still don't have my graded essay from my teacher, and since the deadline is the beginning of January, I won't see him until it's too late. I have his email but I don't know that he will reply as he's getting married this week and is very busy. Is the application deadline an absolute, or would I still be able to send it in a few days later without it hurting my chances?
  • SisiakaneSisiakane Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @benanderson1001 I read that the deadline for common app plus princeton supp with the graded essay is due on the final deadline day, so it might be a risk especially since you can't call to ask due to the holidays.
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