First-year Essay Evaluation: Overview

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Welcome to MIT!

Dear MIT Class of 2025,

The first step in completing MIT’s undergraduate Communication Requirement is the First-year 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 have sent one of these scores to MIT, you are exempt from the FEE and do not need to take further action. If you took an English exam in May 2021, please see question 5 on our FAQ page. For questions about sending scores and your AP or IB credits, please visit the Class of 2025 website.

Click here for more details on the exam.

Non-native English Speakers, click here for additional instructions.

If you require any accommodations to complete the FEE, please reach out to before your selected exam period begins to discuss access, accommodations, and services you may need.