Guess what? THE COMMON APP WENT LIVE AGAIN TODAY! They've rolled it out for the 2018-19 application season after a brief refresh. Aww, happy birthday CommonApp. Here's looking at another great year.
Now that the CommonApp is live again, over here at Inline we're busy doing our own refresh to update all our advice, hints, and Inline Intel.
One of the most exciting changes this year — a big benefit for you, the applicants — is that a bunch of schools will permit you to self-report your standardized test scores starting in this cycle. That will save you a lot of money! You used to have to pay the testing companies, College Board and ETS, to send official scores to your colleges. That added up and was really discouraging for a lot of applicants. Hats off to the colleges that now let you self-report.
If a school lets you self-report, take advantage of that and click "YES." You'll still have to have your official scores sent to the one lucky college where you end up enrolling, but that's a whole lot cheaper than the old system.
Just make sure you self-report your scores accurately. Otherwise, any discrepancies can cause trouble for you down the road when your college sees your official scores.
OK, have a great year, and please contact us if you have any questions about your applications, our Inline tool, or the admissions process more generally. We're here to help you think like an admissions officer while you work through your apps and apply like a pro.
Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the college admissions bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.