Hi, I have applied to Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Dartmouth and UPenn through Questbridge’s Early Decision program. When I sent in my application, I sent in my first score of 31. I just got back my new scores and I got a 31 again, but it was because the place I took it the second time provided a poor testing environment. However, my superscore is now 34. I know that if I take it again, I’ll get a better score. Should I still send my new scores in hopes that they’ll superscore them or at least look at each individual section, or should I just retake it in time for the regular decision deadline and use the better score for regular decision? UPenn makes it clear on their page that they take the best scores from every section.
Thank you for your time,
Yes, purple prose, in all its purply glory, does have its merits. Here, however, I’m referring mostly to academic writing, where clear, to the point writing serves both reader (meaning, grader) and student best. Sure, embellishment does make one’s work more interesting (and, at times, more palatable), but there is a fine line between flowery description and bombastic grandiosity. Veering towards the latter is where things go awry and points are taken off for what’s considered poor writing– in academia. That being said, I do share your opinion on Hemingway; as Woolf wrote, “his stories are a little dry and sterile.” (An interesting read on Hemingway, I might add: .)