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Common App: 4 Frequently Asked Questions | College Coach

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IMG 8205 At the start of this year’s application time of year, we released a series of articles upon what to expect with the 2014-2015 Common Application . In response, all of us received many great Common Application questions from our readers and thought it might be helpful to share the most frequently asked questions to help you put the finishing touches in your applications.


4 Common App FAQs

Q: Can a suggestion from one teacher be sent to several schools on my list?

A: Each teacher can write one letter of recommendation for you, and this same notice gets sent to all of the schools that you have assigned him/her on the “Recommenders and FERPA” section of the Common Program. If you decide to apply to more schools later on in the process, your teacher’s letter is going to be sent automatically to those schools too, as long as you have assigned him/her since the recommender for those new institutions.

Q: Basically report my SAT/ACT scores on the Common App, do I still have to deliver the official scores through College Board and the ACT?

A: Yes! After asking for that your official score reports become sent out, it can take 3-5 weeks designed for colleges to receive them.   Make sure to submit your SAT/ACT requests early so your scores get mailed well before program deadlines.

Q: Will it reflect poorly upon my application if I don’t self-report test scores via the Common Application?

A: Not at all! Feel free to leave the test section blank on the Common App. The majority of colleges will only use official test scores sent by the testing agencies and will not focus on your self-reported scores on the application.

Q: If I posted the Common App to one school designed for Early Decision/Early Application, how to We make changes to my application just before I send it to my regular decision schools? Do I need to create a individual version?

A: There’s no need to start from scuff. Once you submit the application to your ED/EA school, you’ll be able to edit any kind of section of the application before you submit towards the other schools on your list. You need to be aware that you are only allowed to make changes to your main essay an overall total of two times before the Common Application “locks” you into your third plus final version of the essay.

I hope this answers a few of the questions you may have.   Please check the section of our Common App posts for further Q& A with our experts. If you don’t see the answer to a question you have, please feel free to post yours in the comments, and one of our college admissions experts will certainly respond as soon as possible. Best of luck!



Elyse Krantz is part of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts . Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked in admissions at Barnard College and Bennington College.

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