About the Entrance Examination
The Bard Entrance Examination is an online essay test open to high school juniors and seniors. Completion of the test is equivalent to an application for admission. Candidates who score B+ or higher will receive an offer of admission. The deadline for submitting a completed examination is January 1, with notification of the results by January 31. There is no fee for this examination.
How Does It Work?
Candidates must write four essays, choosing from 21 questions. The questions are organized into three categories. One question must be answered from each category. The fourth essay may be from any of the three, thereby repeating a category. The suggested length for each of the four essays is 2,500 words, with the exception of the mathematics questions (C1 and C3) and the question that asks for a musical composition (B2).
All the information needed to answer the questions is on the examination platform. However, you are not limited to these sources. If you use other materials, they must be properly cited. Remember that this is not a test of what you already know; rather it is an opportunity to demonstrate close reading, critical thinking, and the ability to interpret problems. It is an effort to connect testing to learning.
The Bard Entrance Examination is accessed via SlideRoom. Once registered, applicants may enter and exit the examination as often as needed before the deadline of 11:59 p.m., January 1, 2014. Along with the completed examination, applicants must sign an Honor Pledge assuring the readers that the work is their own. The Honor Pledge is located on the examination platform.
Anyone interested in taking the exam is encouraged to log in and see the full list of questions. There is no fee for logging in, and no penalty for doing so and not completing the exam. All incomplete entries will be discarded after the exam closes on January 1.
The examination will be graded by members of the Bard faculty and staff. Each of the four essays will be evaluated separately. There will also be a composite grade. Candidates scoring a composite grade of B+ or higher will receive notification of an offer of admission to the College by January 31.
Completing Your Application
Students who are accepted through this examination process must complete their file by submitting two documents: an official high school transcript and a general reference letter from the high school counselor or another appropriate school official. Homeschooled students may submit documentation of their curriculum in lieu of a transcript.
An official letter of admission will be sent within one week of receipt of these documents.
Candidates who receive a B will be invited to complete the Common Application and will be considered as having met the January 1 deadline. Their strong showing on the examination will complement their application in the regular admission review process. They will receive their regular admission decision by the end of March.