Here's your chance to play the role of a certified reader for the University of
California, Berkeley. It's your job to recommend students for the incoming
class, not an easy task. The school received over 30,000 applications, but will
only accept 8,500 applicants. Of those students selected, only 3,500 will
On the following pages are five actual applications to Berkeley for the 1999
freshman class. Based on the information provided, you must decide which of the
students deserves to attend Berkeley. You may choose all, none, or some of the
five applicants. After you've finished each application, you can find out whether the applicant got in
or the school turned them away. You will also be able to
see what an experienced admissions reader thought of each application.
You should know that according to University of California policy, each
application will be read by at least one other reader before a final decision
Read each application carefully. Each application should be reviewed in less
than 10 minutes (most readers take about 6 minutes.)
Pay attention not only to grade points and SAT score, but also to the type of
classes the applicant took in high school. If the student has a particularly
low verbal score on the SAT, is there something else, such as a high score on
the AP English test, which balances out the low score? Is English the first
language of the applicant?
Take into account the level of education of the parents, the income of the
household. Look at what the applicant has accomplished outside of school,
sports, community service or jobs. Also, pay particular attention to the essay,
as this is the student's chance to tell us more about him/herself beyond the
grades and test scores. Look at it as the applicant's own letter of
The only thing you cannot take into consideration, according to the law, is the
race of each applicant.
Note: For privacy reasons, some of the information in these applications has
been edited, including name of high school and class rank.
here's the first applicant..
who got in? |
the race issue |
sat & test prep |
history of the sat
the screening process |
test score gap |
getting in to berkeley |
tapes & transcripts |
pbs online |