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Personal Essay Analysis

Completing a first draft of the personal essay for the Common Application is a huge step. But it is only the first step. The most effective college essays are the result of multiple drafts. To provide students with the insights they need to improve their personal statement, College Essay Mentor can provide a detailed analysis.

The Personal Essay Analysis is not an editing service. Students will not receive line-by-line suggestions about sentences and wording. They will receive the insights essential to completing an outstanding essay.


The analysis is a written report that evaluates every essay for eight core principles of effective personal essays for the Common Application. It does not include in-person meetings. I do not review supplement essays for individual applications. Students will receive:

  • An annotated version of the student's original draft.

  • A "score" of weak / good / strong for each of the eight core principles.

  • Clear analysis and explanation of the reason for the score.

  • Specific suggestions for improvements.

  • Analysis of revised drafts is available for an additional fee.

  • Turnaround time is three business days.

The fee for Personal Essay Analysis is $250.

The fee for reviewing revisions is $150 per draft.

To get started with a Personal Essay Analysis, please complete the form below. Feel free to add any comments and questions. Above all, be sure to attach a copy of the current draft of your personal essay. I will read your essay to ensure that an analysis will be of value. If I cannot provide useful feedback, I will let you know and there will be no charge. Once I confirm that an analysis will be helpful, I will send an invoice through PayPal. Work on the analysis begins upon receipt of payment. You will receive a PDF with the analysis within three business days. 

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