The best way to ace your application essay is to answer the essay questions! It goes without saying, but surprisingly, a lot of applications fail to do just that. Since so many applicants start their essay writing with ulterior motives: to write their preconceived essays that only loosely tie back to the original question at hand. 

Newsflash: If you don't answer the given questions, your article still fails to impress the admission committee — no matter how creative, well-written, and compelling it might be. So what can you do to ensure you nail it?

Download this free guide, The Ultimate Guide to Secondary Essay Questions from Top Med Schools, and gain instant access to years of healthcare admissions experience. By reading this guide, you will learn:

  • How to understand what each essay question is asking including school-specific advice
  • How to answer the questions in the most compelling and creative way
  • Whether you should write one outstanding essay or unique ones per school

Do yourself a favor and read this guide before starting even a rough draft - you won't regret it!

About the Author: Before joining Accepted in 2012, Alicia Nimonkar worked for five years as Coordinator, Program Manager, and ultimately Acting Director at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students on how to successfully apply to med school and related programs. She has worked extensively with medical school faculty and learning skills specialists to empower students to reach their academic goals.  She knows what is important to medical school selection committees, and what isn’t, when they evaluate an application. Alicia holds a Master's degree in Composition and Rhetoric that further helps her assist applicants in developing strong writing and interviewing skills.