grad29 Posted August 9, 2015 Share Posted August 9, 2015 (edited) These were the instructions given to me for a writing sample: "preferably of a psychological nature such as a summary of literature, research paper, psychological reports, etc. It must be writing using APA format and be your own work. Please include a note describing the sample (PDF)." I'm applying to a Master's Program for School Psychology. It seems to me as though those instructions leave quite a bit of room on what type of writing to give them. Whether it's a review of an article, an essay, research in the field, etc...it seems like there's a lot of flexibility on my end. Is there some sort of unspoken expectation within those instructions of what they are looking for that I'm not reading into correctly? To give you an overview of the program I'm applying to - this isn't a top 10 program, this is a program that is somewhat "easy" to get into. To give you a better idea the mean GRE scores for this program are a 152V and 149Q and a 3.48 mean GPA. My GRE was 157V/155Q/5AW. My cumulative was a little lower than there mean, around a 3.26 ( (not including first 2 years, when I transferred into a school they didn't carry that cumulative over, altogether it's about a 3.0 - I had switched majors from aviation into psychology after completely losing interest in it, I have kind of a weird transcript, a bunch of D's/C's and then last 4 semesters I pretty much earned straight A's). I graduated about 3 years ago and never planned on going back to school, so I didn't earn as good as grades as I was capable. I plan on taking a psychology GRE subject test that they "highly recommend" for students with GPAs below a 3.25 for the last two years (even though I'm at a 3.26) to show them I have knowledge of the subject. I'm confident I can score in the 80th percentile on that test. So I feel like I'll be above most of the other applicants already. I'm also a veteran and have worked with the trouble youth/special populations for the last 3 years - one place I was a manager in. It's also not the only program I'm applying for, although this may be one of the easier ones, I'm applying for 7 other school psychology programs as well. With all that being said: I'm wondering if the topic of "why students drop out of high school" would be appropriate. I'll phrase it in a way that sounds less "general", but basically that's what I was thinking of writing about. I know it's a broad topic, but the instructions above they gave me didn't state any specific requirements. I know academic literature generally follows certain expected standards - one perhaps being a more specific topic, but if I write a paper using APA format as specified, including various summaries of literature, psychological reports, articles, etc..on the topic as requested, I don't see why it's not meeting the criteria they listed? It's not like this is a PHD program for clinical psychology, where they might expect a "more condensed" piece of academic writing. A program which may have 250 applicants and only accepted 20 or so. Of course I want to do the best I can, but I already have a solid 6 pages or so on that topic, with a good organization. It'll probably be around 20 pages by the time everything is put together, including reference, cover, abstract pages, etc... Perhaps it'll be closer to an essay than anything, but it'll include a historical overview, a contemporary analysis, and a resolution. The organization will make sense and even though it won't fully cover the topic because it's so broad, it'll definitely give a decent overview of some of the reasons students choose to drop out of high school. Thoughts? Edited August 9, 2015 by westy3789 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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