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First-year Essay Evaluation: Details

What’s on the FEE?

The FEE asks students to write two 750 – 1250 word essays. One essay is an analytical summary of multiple readings, and the other is an argument, based on evidence provided in another reading.

When do I take the FEE?

The FEE is offered twice during the summer; you will have one week to do the readings and write the essays, which are submitted online. Advance registration is required and opens May 16, 2022. You may only take the FEE once. This year, the FEE will be offered from June 2 – 9, 2022 (Summer Session #1) and from July 14 –21, 2022 (Summer Session #2).

See this year’s dates and deadlines.

The registration link will be available on May 16.

How long will the FEE take?

We expect that carefully reading the articles will take about 3 – 5 hours, and that writing the essay will take another 8 – 12 hours. We allow multiple days for reading and writing because we know that people have other commitments during that time, and to allow time for a complete writing process, including reflection and revision.

When and how do I find out my results and see comments on my essays?

Your results and feedback will be available on the FEE website several weeks after you complete the exam.

Once you have your FEE results, you will connect with your advisor during Orientation to select your classes and then register for them via Online Registration.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

If you require accommodations on the basis of a disability to complete the FEE, please reach out to das-student@mit.edu to learn about the process to engage accommodations and services you may need.

For questions of a general nature regarding the FEE, please contact fee-help@mit.edu.