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UC Personal Insight Question Packages

What are Personal Insight Questions?

The University of California application looks for students to create a cohesive narrative about their abilities, future goals, and interests through a series of application essays, or the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs).

According to the UC Admissions website:

"Imagine UC was a person. If we met face-to-face, what would you want us to know about you? These personal insight questions allow you to tell us. You could write about your creative side. Your thoughts on leadership. A challenge you’ve faced...make sure you show us your personality—just as you would in real life."

PIQs can feel intimidating, but Euphony specializes in helping students select topics and experiences that demonstrate their personality, achievements, and aspirations without wasting a word to help students present their best selves.

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Available Upgrades

  • Additional phone consultation: $100

  • Next-day turnaround time: $950 (limited availability)

Comprehensive Package

You'll work with a writing coach to choose topics for the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) best suited to showcase your strengths and build an Activities and Awards list that supports your application. Already have topics in mind or drafts written? That’s okay! Your writing coach will offer initial feedback and advice on those drafts/topics to help ensure you are on the right track.

Your writing coach will also work with you to develop a schedule to help you maintain momentum on your application essays and complete the UC PIQ process within a reasonable timeframe (usually about 8 weeks). You'll receive targeted comments and expert advice through multiple rounds of revision and have weekly calls with your coach to address questions and concerns and aid in brainstorming and revision. At the end of the process, your PIQs and Activities and Awards list will be professionally edited and trimmed, so you can focus on the content rather than on grammar and word count as you write and revise.

Support doesn’t end there! Coaching for any additional supplemental essays, appeal/waitlist statements, or questionnaire you receive from time of sign up to the start of fall semester 2023 is included as well.

Please download and complete the welcome questionnaire and submit it once you receive confirmation of your booking request. Booking cannot be completed until the questionnaire is received.

Download Freshman PIQ Questionnaire here.

Download Transfer PIQ Questionnaire here.

CLOSED

Included in the Comprehensive Package

  • Brainstorming exercises and feedback on topic selection

  • Content reviews, editing, and trimming of multiple drafts of all four PIQs and Additional Comments (if required)

  • Final review of PIQ portions of the application before submission

  • Unlimited questions via email with 24-hour or less response time

  • Weekly phone conferences 

  • Content reviews, editing, and trimming of multiple drafts of Activities and Awards

  • Final review of Activities and Awards before submission

  • Coaching for any additional supplementals, waitlist statements, appeal letters, or other written materials you are required to submit for this application cycle (until August 2023)

 

Applying to Common App colleges as well? Bundle this package with our Common App services! Request a quote now.

 

Complete Package

You'll work with a writing coach to choose topics for the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) best suited to showcase your strengths and build an Activities and Awards list that supports your application. If you already have topics in mind or drafts written, your writing coach will offer initial feedback and advice on those drafts/topics to help ensure you are on the right track.

Your writing coach will also work with you to develop a schedule to help you maintain momentum on your application essays and complete the UC PIQ process within a reasonable timeframe (usually about 8 weeks).

At the end of the process, your PIQs will be professionally edited and trimmed, so you can focus on the content rather than on grammar and word count.

Please download and complete the welcome questionnaire and submit it once you receive confirmation of your booking request. Booking cannot be completed until the questionnaire is received.

Download Freshman PIQ Questionnaire here.

Download Transfer PIQ Questionnaire here.

CLOSED

Included

  • Brainstorming exercises and feedback on topic selection

  • Content reviews, editing, and trimming of multiple drafts of all four PIQs and Additional Comments (if required)

  • Final review of PIQ portions of the application before submission

  • Unlimited questions via email with 24-hour or less response time

  • 3 phone conferences 

  • Content reviews, editing, and trimming of multiple drafts of Activities and Awards

  • Final review of Activities and Awards before submission

Applying to Common App colleges as well? Bundle this package with our Common App services! Request a quote now.

 

Only PIQs Package

You'll work with a writing coach to choose topics for the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) best suited to showcase your strengths. If you already have topics in mind or drafts written, your writing coach will offer initial feedback and advice on those drafts/topics to help ensure you are on the right track. 

Your writing coach will also work with you to develop a schedule to help you maintain momentum on your application essays and complete the UC PIQ process within a reasonable timeframe (usually about 8 weeks).

 

At the end of the process, your PIQs will be professionally edited and trimmed, so you can focus on the content rather than on grammar and word count.

Please download and complete the welcome questionnaire and submit it once you receive confirmation of your booking request. Booking cannot be completed until the questionnaire is received.

Download Freshman PIQ Questionnaire here.

Download Transfer PIQ Questionnaire here.

CLOSED

Included

  • Brainstorming exercises and feedback on topic selection

  • Content reviews, editing, and trimming of multiple drafts of all four PIQs and Additional Comments (if required)

  • 1 phone conference

  • Unlimited questions via email with 24-hour or less response time

  • Final review of PIQ portions of the application before submission

Applying to Common App colleges as well? Bundle this package with our Common App services! Request a quote now.

 

PIQ Analysis

Receive direction on how to strengthen drafts, better showcase your accomplishments, and target the qualities UC is looking for.​ You'll receive a detailed analysis of each of your drafts based on UC's criteria, as well as insights into how to write strong UC PIQ responses.

Please download and complete the Analysis questionnaire and submit it once you receive confirmation of your booking request. Booking cannot be completed until the questionnaire is received.

Download the Freshman Analysis Questionnaire here.

Download the Transfer Analysis Questionnaire here.

$399

Included

  • 7-10 page detailed breakdown of specific strengths and weaknesses for each of the 4 PIQ responses and advice and tips on how to strengthen them (provided as a PDF). No comments are made directly to the essays.

  • Checklist 

  • Advice and feedback on PIQ prompt and topic choices

  • 24-hour or less response time on emailed questions

  • Approximately 5-day turnaround time for written materials

  • Option to upgrade to a full package
     

Available Upgrades

  • Add Activities & Awards: $100

  • Phone consultation (I will not review any additional drafts): $150

  • Upgrade to a full Coaching package: Cost of Analysis credited toward price of the package