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question about writing sample

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Legend, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2001
    As everyone knows, using great examples can help write a better essay.
    My question is:

    Do the examples have to be true and real?

    ex)What if I say something like 'President GORE recently legalized COCAINE according to the will of his constitutents or something like that? (---borrowing topic from April MCAT 2001)

    I am not sure if I can also slightly twist reality to support my argument better.

    Any suggestions?
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  3. EricDeStampede

    EricDeStampede New Member

    Aug 8, 2001
    I doubt that the Gore thing will go well with the scorer.
    Well, I fibbed a bit on my MCAT. I talked about the Kursk submarine (remember? the Russian one that sank last summer?), but I didn't remember the captain's name. So, I made up something like Lutoslawski or something.
    Things like that you can probably get away with. I did. yea.
  4. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2001
    I know what you mean.
    But, do those graders care about the validity of the examples as well?
    I am a bit confused. What if a grader is a retard who doesn't know much about history, politics, etc?
  5. spacecadet

    spacecadet Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2001
    Houston, TX
    In my Kaplan class, they specifically told us that we could make up examples if we couldn't think of a real one.

    I wouldn't twist reality the way you mentioned though. Start clean - don't use famous people. Otherwise, you might annoy the person grading your essay.

    What I did was come up with a few examples that applied to a broad range of topics. Of course, I have put the whole thing out of my mind and I couldn't even tell you what I wrote about on the test.

  6. VC15

    VC15 MS4 10+ Year Member

    Sep 6, 2000
    Ontario, Canada
    My TPR teacher says that you can make it up as long as it isn't blatantly obvious you're doing so... so if instead of using Gore, you just used some random guy from some other less well known country, you should be able to get by. They only read your essay for about 2 minutes, after all...
  7. Sonya

    Sonya Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    well, i haven't looked a lot into writing sample yet, just done a few practice essays. but should the examples be very specific?

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