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Are all secondaries supposed to be written with the assumption that the reader doesn't have access to the primary? I'm finding it annoying having to explain and re-explain what my role in a volunteer activity is before I even get to the part where I actually answer what the prompt is asking. This is especially a problem for prompts with limited character counts. For example, if I start talking about an activity, am I supposed to write out the whole explanation of what it is, what my role is, etc., before answering what the secondary prompt is asking?
 
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The reviewers should have access to both your primary and secondary application, but at some schools the interviewers only have access to your secondary (or nothing at all). Regardless, it's best to not make the reviewer search through your application to figure out what you're talking about, so having a brief description of your role/organization in the secondary is a good idea, but nothing more than a sentence or two. If they want to know the details they can look at your activities section.
 
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Depending on how much space it will take, I either add a brief description or a sentence that refers to my personal statement
 
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Are all secondaries supposed to be written with the assumption that the reader doesn't have access to the primary? I'm finding it annoying having to explain and re-explain what my role in a volunteer activity is before I even get to the part where I actually answer what the prompt is asking. This is especially a problem for prompts with limited character counts. For example, if I start talking about an activity, am I supposed to write out the whole explanation of what it is, what my role is, etc., before answering what the secondary prompt is asking?
No, not at all. I see primaries and secondaries. You can help narrow things down a bit by inquiring what schools do what in the school-specific forums.
 

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