Freshman Essay Evaluation: FAQ

Q: What are the possible scores on the Freshman Essay Evaluation?

A: There are four scores:

  • CI-H/CI-HW Required. You may take any CI-H (Communication-Intensive in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) or CI-HW (Foundational Writing) subject during your first year at MIT.
  • CI-HW Required. You must take a CI-HW (Foundational Writing) subject as your first CI subject during your first year at MIT.
  • 21G.222 Required. You must take 21G.222 (Expository Writing for Bilingual Students) as your first CI subject during your first year at MIT.
  • 21G.220 Required. You must take 21G.220 (Workshop in Written Expression) as your first CI subject during your first year at MIT.

 

Q: How do I get my results?

A: Log back in to the FEE website on or after July 11, 2016 for the June FEE and on or after August 12, 2016 for the July FEE to view your results and comments on your essays.

 

Q: I have my results. What happens now?

A: You’ll meet with your advisor during Orientation and select a course based on the results of your FEE. After you meet, you’ll complete Online Registration for your chosen courses. In subsequent semesters, however, you will need to register for your CI-H and CI-HW courses in advance. Check out MIT’s new Enrollment Tools website to learn how to register for CI courses after your first semester.

 

Q: I received a 5 on the AP Exam on Language and Composition and/or Literature and Composition. Do I need to take the FEE?

A: No. If you have taken either the AP Language and Composition Exam or the AP Literature and Composition Exam and have received a 5 (and have arranged to have your scores sent to MIT), you do not need to take the FEE. You will automatically be listed as “CI-H/CI-HW Required.” You do not need to report your score separately to FEE or UAAP to be exempt from the FEE. As long as you know you have a qualifying score, you may safely skip the FEE. For questions about sending scores and your AP or IB credits, please visit the First Year website.

 

Q: I am taking the AP Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition Exam (or IB English A or B) this May and will not have my score until July. Do I need to take the FEE?

A: We strongly suggest that you take the FEE over the summer if you do not yet have your AP scores, as the FEE is a better measure of your writing ability. If you take the FEE over the summer and end up getting a 5 on your AP exam, we take the better of the two scores, and you will automatically be listed as “CI-H/CI-HW Required” even if you do not receive that score on the summer FEE. If you do not end up receiving a score of 5 on your AP and do not take the summer FEE, you will be required to take the pencil-and-paper make-up test during orientation. Therefore, it cannot hurt to take the online FEE over the summer.

 

Q: What happens if I get a score of 5 on the AP Language and Composition or Literature and Composition Exam (or a 7 on the IB English A or B Exam) but I do not receive a score of “CI-H/CI-HW Required” on the FEE?

A: We take the best score. If you take the FEE and receive a score of “CI-HW Required” or “21G.222 Required,” but receive a score of 5 on the AP or a 7 on the IB exam, your final score will be “CI-H/CI-HW Required.”

 

Q: I received a score of 5 on the AP exam or a 7 on the IB exam. Do I need to send my score specifically to the FEE office to prove it?

A: No. If you arranged to have your AP scores sent to MIT, it will automatically count as a “CI-H/ CI-HW Required.” For questions about sending scores and your AP or IB credits, please visit the Class of 2021 website.

 

Q: Can I have someone else take a look at my essay before I submit it?

A: No. You may not accept assistance from anyone else regarding the FEE.

 

Q: What if I am a native English speaker and I want to take a CI-HW class rather than a CI-H class?

A: Then you do not have to take the FEE.

 

Q: Do you accept SAT or SAT II scores in lieu of the FEE?

A: No.

 

Q: I took a class for college credit during high school. Can that substitute for the FEE?

A: No. Although you may request MIT transfer credit for college or university courses taken while you were in high school, they will not substitute for the FEE.

 

If you do not see your question answered here, please check the Communication Requirement page or the HASS Requirement Page.

Still have questions? Email fee-help@mit.edu.