We’ve also had problems in the past with students asking for corners to be cut.”Another consultant who worked for the same company and later became the assistant director of U. operations told The Daily Beast that while rewriting was not overtly encouraged, it was also not strictly prohibited.“The precise terms were: I was getting paid a lump sum in exchange for helping this student with this Common App essay and supplement essays at a couple universities.
I mean there were the bare workings of a narrative here—even the grasp on English is tenuous,” he said.
“I think that, you know, being able to read and write in English would be kind of a prerequisite for an American university.
Some of the foreign students, four of the eight tutors told The Daily Beast, ranged in their English ability and required significant rewriting.
One consultant, a freelancer who stumbled into tutoring in the fall of 2017 after a classmate needed someone to take over his clients, recounted the story of a female applicant with little-to-no English skills.
The employees who spoke to The Daily Beast often worked for companies with similar approaches to essay writing.
For most, tutors would Skype with students early on in the application process to brainstorm ideas.
But not long after she matriculated, the tutor said she reached back out to him for help with her English courses.
“She doesn’t know how to write essays, and she’s struggling in class,” he told The Daily Beast.
I had this past year 40 students in the fall, and I wrote all their essays for the Common App and everything else.”Not every consultant was as explicit about the editing world’s moral ambiguities.
One administrator emphasized that his company’s policies were firmly anti-cheating.