Nursing Application Essay

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    I have applied to nursing school 2 years in a row now and have fallen short a couple points in the essay portion each time. The first year I received a 46/50 and last year a 48/50. I have full points based on my grades for that part of the application. The total points possible are 360, 310 based on grades and another 50 for the essay. The students with the highest scores are admitted. Last year my score was 358/360 and I was not accepted. I am feeling so anxious about applying this year and not getting a perfect score again. Does anyone who had to write an essay for their application process have any advice?? It is just so hard to know how someone is going to view your paper. They don't let us know what we were marked down for so I am just hoping I can put together a flawless essay this year. Any advised is appreciated.

    Thank you

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    With a total score of 358/360 on that part of the application, perhaps the other parts of the application are the problem?
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    It breaks it down for us... class grades worth 310 and an essay worth 50. I had gotten a 48 on the essay portion and 310 for grades.
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    I see, I thought grades and essay make up one part and there were other parts. My bad.

    I wish you well but I don't think there is much I could do to polish a really good essay into a perfect essay in a post or even several posts. Even if I saw your essay, this is close enough that I'm sure it is more about what exactly the admissions committe is specifically looking for in their candidates rather than anything universal.

    There is the basics, of course, make very sure you have everything spelled correctly (read it word by word from the end to the beginning to help avoid seeing what you meant to say rather than what you actually said). Either try to find some naturally good spellers who would read it over for you or spend a few hours with a dictionary and/or English usage website, looking every up everything you are remotely uncertain about. Same for grammar and punctuation. And write it early so you can finish it, then set it aside for a few days or weeks and then go back to it.
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    Is this for a 2 year nursing program or university? I'm applying to a 2 year program and I definately don't have to write an essay as part of my application. Just curious.
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    It is a 2 yr program
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    What's you gpa?
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    I have a 4.0 for all pre nursing classes. They don't count other classes, but my cumulative gpa is 3.76
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    You grades are good, and sound like the essay portion was close to perfect. There has to be other factors on the admitting side. I wonder if something like Kaplan or some other learning center would be able to help you polish off the essay. Or, there must have been a lot of people who had both portions with full points.
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    Yes. Our nursing advisor said everyone who was accepted had a perfect score on both portions. She said there were 320 applicants for 48 spots! It is so discouraging to miss 2 pts and it still is not good enough. Hopefully this year I will have that little something extra they are looking for. Thank you for your comments.

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