Freshman Essay Evaluation: Overview

Welcome to MIT!

Welcome to MIT!

Dear MIT Class of 2020,

The first step in completing MIT’s undergraduate Communication Requirement is the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE). The FEE is taken online and is offered twice during the summer. It assesses your competency in expository writing to provide you and your advisor with a detailed evaluation that will help inform your selection of classes for the first semester and beyond. Based on the results of the FEE, you will be able to enroll in any CI-H (Communication-Intensive in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) class during your first year at MIT, in any CI-HW (Foundational Writing) class, or in 21G.222 or 21G.220, which are writing classes specifically designed for bilingual students. A few weeks after submitting your essays online, you will receive detailed comments on your writing to help you prepare for your MIT career.

All incoming students must take the FEE unless they have already scored a 5 on either the AP Language and Composition test or Literature and Composition test, or a 7 on either the English A or B Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exam. If you fall into either category, you must have your scores sent to MIT to be exempt from the FEE. For questions about sending scores and your AP or IB credits, please email

Click here for more details on the exam.