Freshman 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 once in early June and once in July; you will have six days to do the readings and write the essays, which are submitted online. Advance registration is required and opens on May 7, 2018. You may only take the online FEE once. This year, the FEE will be offered from June 5 – June 11, 2018 (June FEE) and from July 5 –11, 2018 (July FEE).  See this year’s dates and deadlines here.

A paper-and-pencil make-up FEE will be offered during Orientation for students who were unable to take the online FEE over the summer. Because the online FEEs offer six days total for reading, writing, and revising, they are more accurate measures of students’ writing abilities; in addition, students taking the online FEE receive detailed comments on their writing (which are unavailable to those who take the make-up FEE). Finally, if you take one of the two online FEEs, you will receive you results by the middle of August, so you will be better informed when choosing classes for the Fall semester and be better prepared for your arrival at MIT. For these reasons, you should take the make-up FEE only if it is impossible for you to take one of the two summer online exams.

If you need to request disability accommodations for the make-up FEE, please contact SDS ( or 617-253-1674) no later than Friday, July 27, 2018.

To learn more about SDS visit their website:

How do I take the FEE?

1. Register in advance by going to the FEE website, aka iMOAT. Enter your 9-digit MIT ID number in both the “Login” and “Password” boxes (NB: you will NOT use your Kerberos ID here).

2. Enter and confirm a new password, enter your MIT email address, and answer the ESL questions. Click “Continue.”

3. Click “Register” and select either the June or July FEE. Enter a phone number and click “Submit Registration.”

4. On the date readings become available, log in to view them.

5. On the date the FEE opens, log in to access the essay questions.

6. When you’ve written your essays, log in and submit your essays by the due date and time.

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 on July 10, 2018 if you take the June FEE and on August 10, 2018 if you take the July FEE. If you take the make-up FEE, you will not get your results until August 29, 2018 and they will not include comments.

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


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