A candidate statement is required by most of the private schools as part of the application packet for students who are applying to grades 6 through the post-graduate year. Also most of the schools accept a common application provided by the SSAT to simplify the process of applying to more than one school. Many schools also now offer online applications that you can submit electronically to the school, or you either fill out a paper copy of your application and send it to the schools you are applying to. You will have to answer short questions about your interests and activities and write an essay that usually asks you about yourself as part of the application. The essay is about 300 words in length, which is roughly one typed page. Asking about what you like to do or what you want in a school are some of the common kinds of essay questions that admission committees tend to ask. Take time to assemble all the activities you have participated in, including classes, extracurricular activities, sports, community service, and travel before you write the essay. This can help you a lot in your success when you have to present it.

Candidate statement on your application

Try to think of one activity in particular that could be the basis of your essay and think about what your activities have meant to you. Also you can form your essay around something you want the admissions committee to know about you—whether it’s your family, your background, your neighborhood, or your values. Jot down a few ideas on paper and give yourself time to think about them. Think about how you would introduce yourself to a stranger in case you are stuck and don’t know what to write about. What are the most important interests or values that make up your personality? What would you want that person to know about you? These should be the subject of your essay. Admissions staffs do not look favorably upon essays that are written by adults and can sniff out insincerity. Remember that you are looking for a school at which you will do well and that will help you develop your interests. You may not impress the admissions staff that reads your work in case you write about something that you think the schools want to hear rather than what you want to say. Also the admissions staff wants to see the same kid at the interview who is presented in the essay because you will have an interview. he essay should reflect your passions and why you want to attend the school. Be sure, however, to avoid controversial topics or topics that might turn off your committee. Your essay should avoid criticizing teachers, schools, other people, or groups of people. Stay positive and generally write about what you do like instead of writing about what you don’t like at school (unless the application asks for that information). Make sure that you research the schools you are applying to and that your essays reflect this research.