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CHAPTER 8: Résumé Writing, Curriculum Vi... > STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (SOP)

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (SOP)

It is an essay written by a prospective candidate for admissions into any academic programme.

How to write an effective statement of purpose?

  1. Establish your purpose in writing the statement

    Usually the purpose is to persuade a particular admissions committee that you are an applicant they should choose. You may want to show that you have the ability and motivation to succeed in your field, or you may want to show that, on the basis of your experience, you are the kind of candidate who will do well in the field. Whatever the purpose, it must be explicit to give coherence to the whole statement.

    1. Pay attention to the purpose throughout the statement so that irrelevant material is excluded.
    2. Keep in mind the audience (committee) throughout the statement. Your audience is made up of faculty members who are experts in their field. They want to know that you can effectively go through the paces of learning, given your purpose.

  

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