Getting into a top college or university is not an easy feat these days, even for superb students. Within the past decade, many major universities have cut their acceptance rates by as much as 50%. Increasing numbers of international applications at Ivy League schools and other elite institutions means applicants must not only have impeccable grades and test scores but that they also have a compelling story that distinguishes them from thousands of other shining candidates. Writing a strong admissions essay is essential to getting the attention of the admissions committee and standing out as an applicant at top schools.
But many students forget the importance of essay editing and proofreading after they draft their application essays. The writing must not only be free of grammar and punctuation error but also have natural and appropriate language, flow logically, and contain personal stories and other content that will impress admissions committees enough to get you into your school of choice.
As good as your writing may be, even veteran writers use editors to improve their work and give it that extra ounce of polish. In short, an unedited essay is less likely to get you into a top school—this is especially true if English is not your first language or if you have limited experience writing essays.
Which editing service should I choose to edit my essay?
One great option is to let a professional editing company revise your work—preferably one that is reputable and employs highly qualified editors but is also affordable and can quickly deliver your edited essay. And according to a 2019 article in Wired.com, the company that best meets these standards is, in fact, Wordvice Editing Service.
One Wired tech reviewer performed a blind study of four leading editing companies, evaluating them in terms of cost and quality of editing.
“When I received the revised essays, I reviewed them…The reviews were done blind, without indicating the source of any of the edits, and we all rated each essay on a 1 to 10 scale.”
When judged against the revisions completed by the other three top editing companies, the admissions essay sample edited by the Wordvice editor came out on top, earning the highest score according to these rigorous criteria, especially when price was factored in. (We won’t list all the scores here—but let’s just say it wasn’t that close.)
“Total price: $15.32, five-day turnaround promised. Edit received after four days…Wordvice’s edit was the overall favorite of the quartet, and the finished draft reads cleanly and clearly.”
Our staff here at Wordvice had no prior knowledge that this experiment was being conducted, and we were pleasantly shocked to find out that we were featured in a Wired.com article! But we weren’t at all surprised at the results or about the superior performance of our editor.
Our editing quality standards help ensure that every single admissions document we edit and proofread (from editing for Common App Essays to graduate SOP proofreading, to editing for recommendation letters and scholarship applications) is revised thoroughly and with attention to the objectives of the text. We focus on enhancing the elements that make for great writing, even providing constructive marginal comments for authors on improving content and expression.
How To Identify The Best Essay Editing Service
Every essay editing company will claim to be the best among its competitors. However, it takes more than a flashy website and images of professional editors and client reviews (whether real or fake) to assess the validity and quality of their editing services.
Here are some questions to consider when finding the best essay editing service online:
- Does the service have your best interest as a researcher, student, or professional in mind?
- Does it produce the best editing and most thorough correction notes within the requested delivery time?
- Is it trustworthy and does it provide a secure payment method for editing orders?
- Do third-party sites publish their editing service reviews?
- How long has the editing service been around?
After answering these questions and doing your due diligence, you are sure to end up with a reputable editing service that will edit your essay in a way that will impress admissions committees and help get you into your target college or university.
The best essay editing services will help you achieve the following:
- Sharpen the style and expressions in your admissions essays
- Complete written assignments in English on short notice
- Spend more time on your essay content rather on the proofreading and copy-editing phase
- Feel confident that your application essay or college essay will be ready to submit to professors or admissions officials
Some people claim that getting editing and proofreading will make you a lazier student. On the contrary–a good essay editor will not only correct errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but they will also show you how to improve your writing in future essays. But what does being a “good essay editor” mean exactly?
What does it mean to be the “best essay editing service”?
We are happy with the title of “best essay editing service” from an online publication as esteemed as Wired.com. But we can’t help but note that this reviewer chose our standard admissions editing service for this study.
While our basic service still stands head-and-shoulders above the competition, Wordvice’s Premium Admissions Editing Services are in another league altogether. It offers authors more extensive feedback about content, a full “Admissions Checklist” assessing writing elements, and a review letter explaining any major revisions and how the editor approached these issues. Customers who choose this service have a 95% satisfaction rate, and many choose to come back to Wordvice for editing on their other admissions documents.
“Wordvice has eight different pricing tiers, with rates as low as 4 cents per word for a seven-day turnaround…The five-day turnaround tier was only marginally more expensive.”
Writing a great application essay can mean the difference between getting accepted into the school of your dreams and becoming just another application in the recycling bin. We would like to thank the team at Wired.com for highlighting the importance of editing your admissions essays, and we invite you to try our professional proofreading and essay editing services today and see for yourself how professional editing can give you the edge that your writing needs. Although it has been a couple of years since this article came out, our admissions editing service client review rate has only increased.
Best of luck to all college and university applicants in 2023-2024 and Happy Admissions Essay Writing from Wordvice!