This week Scott Jaschik wrote an excellent article for Inside Higher Ed on how college admissions offices are beginning to make use of Turnitin to catch students who have plagiarized their admissions essays. So far the practice has been used mostly for graduate admissions, but it probably won't be long before undergraduate admission offices start screening essays as well. As Jaschik reports, Turnitin is in conversation with theCommon Application, and it's easy to see a future where electronically submitted essays are immediately run through a plagiarism detection program. For a thoughtful discussion of the issue, be sure to read Jaschik's article, "Finding Applicants Who Plagiarize."
If you took an AP exam this spring, scores will be available by phone beginning July 1st. A little later in July you, your high school, and any designated colleges will receive your scores by mail. But if you can't wait a few days, you can take advantage of the College Board's AP Automated Score Reporting Services. As far as college admissions go, getting your scores a few days early makes no difference. But if you're losing sleep wondering whether you got a 4 or 5 on that AP History exam, it may be worth the $8 to get the score over the phone.