Since most students are not exposed to philosophy directly before reaching college, this test does not presuppose any detailed knowledge of philosophical content. Instead, we are looking for the ability to think abstractly and critically while writing a clear analysis of a text.

With that in mind, the test is two hours long. You will be given a short text (a page or two) to read, think about, and then present back to us in your own words along with a short criticism of the text’s argument. The emphasis is on summarizing the argument of the text, along with a critical response. Although you have two hours, the length of your answer is limited to 500 words. So you are expected to put some effort into presenting your summary and critical response in a thoughtful, clear, precise and short manner. In addition to the essay, candidates will meet one-on-one for an interview with a Philosophy professor.

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