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McGraw-Hill's Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071448130
ISBN-10: 0071448136
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Write an original, show-stopping essay and get into the college of your dreams

How would you rather be defined―as a series of numbers representing four years of high school or in an articulate explanation of who you really are and what you want to be? Your college application essay is your big chance to make a lasting impression, and the expert guidance in McGraw-Hill’s Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay shows you how.

Expert writing coaches Estelle Rankin and Barbara Murphy show you how to craft a creative and original essay that will get you into the top college of your choice. Through their hands-on instruction, they’ll teach you to find your voice as a writer, and they’ll help you plan and write well-constructed, engaging college application essays that will hold admissions officers’ attention and let your unique talents shine through McGraw-Hill’s Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay helps you:

  • Use self-interviews to create unique essays
  • Plan and write the first draft
  • Mine life experiences for topics
  • Tweak the essay to fit different college applications
  • Use the strengths in examples of winning student essays and make the most of tips from the experts

About the Author

Estelle Rankin taught AP Literature at Jericho High School and consults for College Board’s AP and pre-AP divisions.

Barbara Murphy taught AP English Language at Jericho High School and is a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. They are the creators of the McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5 series.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071448136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071448130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Forsythe on October 8, 2005
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Rankin and Murphy have produced an extremely user-friendly book for seniors who are about to embark upon writing the all-important college essay. The examples particularly for the Ivy League schools are excellent and show the creativity required in writing such an essay Not only is the bookdesigned for the students but teachers may also use the incorporated techniques in their classrooms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BostonEd on April 26, 2010
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If you're faced with the stressful task of writing your college essay, this book is a must have! Not only does it include helpful tips on topics to avoid, topics to consider, word choice, style choice, and essay length, but it also includes a HUGE variety of sample essays. These sample essays are very helpful for format and topic ideas.

I am a writer, and an academic tutor, who highly recommends this book for use on the college application process.

Stacy Padula, Author of Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Gonzalez on September 27, 2010
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This is a very good book for students starting their college process. Opinions from several college admissions officers are available, as well as examples of preferable writing. It's especially useful for people who are clueless about what they want to do, as it has self-interviews and questions that are probably helpful in guiding students in their college application process. However, for students who have been actively prepared by their schools, this book is not helpful and I would not recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pham Thi Thanh Hoa on November 25, 2008
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I don't have so much time to read entire this book, but as long as i read, i found this book is quite good, exciting, especially for application essay writer. However, this book takes time to read, so spend from 2 to 3 months to read and practice before writing an application essay. Hope everybody will be success after having this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Butler on August 3, 2010
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My son was told to buy this particular book for a summer assignment. I trust the English Dept's selection of this publisher.
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