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Kwertee

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Application Blank Question
« on: January 29, 2005, 01:20:52 PM »
Possibly the worst question yet . . .

Is it fine to leave questions blank on the application, or should each blank be filled with a Not Applicable or N/A or None or whatever?

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 01:35:05 PM »
Possibly the worst question yet . . .

Is it fine to leave questions blank on the application, or should each blank be filled with a Not Applicable or N/A or None or whatever?

Not a bad question at all. One of the apps I filled out made it clear that I was to put 'N/A' in every blank spot. I'd say put it in unless the question obviously does not apply. For example:

1) Are you a resident of Arkansas?

answer: No

2) How long have you lived in Arkansas?

answer: (leave it blank)

cascagrossa

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 01:37:54 PM »
i left them blank, never used "n/a"


"One of the apps I filled out made it clear that I was to put 'N/A' in every blank spot. "

which school was that?

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005, 01:39:48 PM »
I also left a lot of questions blank if they did not apply.  I don't think it is a big deal.  The admissions committee probably prefers having to read less (even if it's only 2 letters).

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005, 02:58:15 PM »
i left them blank, never used "n/a"


"One of the apps I filled out made it clear that I was to put 'N/A' in every blank spot. "

which school was that?

Idaho. I thought it was pretty anal, too.

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 07:34:43 PM »
i left them blank, never used "n/a"


"One of the apps I filled out made it clear that I was to put 'N/A' in every blank spot. "

which school was that?

I think Yale requested that as well.
http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?cycle=0405&user=origoongdengee
In: NYU, Temple
WL: Harvard, Stanford
Deferred: UPenn
WL/Accepted (for c/o 2009): Chicago
WL/Declined: Columbia
WL/Rejected: Yale

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005, 09:08:55 PM »
I did it.  It was sort of a pain in the ass to put 'N/A' on damned near everything.  I figured, better to make it absolutely clear, than leave something blank and let the adcomm guess if it doesn't apply or if I just forgot to mark it.  I wanted to come accross as exceedingly organized and made sure that everything was neat, clean and clear.

Then again, probably not a big deal if you leave obvious ones blank. 

Just one man's opinion

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 09:16:29 PM »
I did it.  It was sort of a pain in the ass to put 'N/A' on damned near everything.  I figured, better to make it absolutely clear, than leave something blank and let the adcomm guess if it doesn't apply or if I just forgot to mark it.  I wanted to come accross as exceedingly organized and made sure that everything was neat, clean and clear.

Then again, probably not a big deal if you leave obvious ones blank. 

Just one man's opinion

Completely agree. Not like you're gonna get dinged for leaving N/A items blank, but I think putting N/A airs (and this is really nit-picking) on the side of letting them know that you've clearly looked very thoroughly at the materials. I also think it comes off slightly better from a visual perspective--just makes the thing look finished.

But def. a minor distinction, albeit not a stupid question in the slightest.

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2005, 10:24:33 PM »
actually, yale specified that we should NOT use "n/a" and that we should leave spaces blank if they didnt apply.

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Re: Application Blank Question
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2005, 10:54:01 PM »
actually, yale specified that we should NOT use "n/a" and that we should leave spaces blank if they didnt apply.

Woops.  That's what I meant.
http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?cycle=0405&user=origoongdengee
In: NYU, Temple
WL: Harvard, Stanford
Deferred: UPenn
WL/Accepted (for c/o 2009): Chicago
WL/Declined: Columbia
WL/Rejected: Yale