Undergraduate Admissions, Evaluation 3: The written pieces

Last Update: 
7 November 2022

The written pieces represent the third evaluation of the application. They aim to better understand the candidate’s background, motivation, intellectual project for Sciences Po as well as his writing and thinking skills, thanks to a series of written productions, integrated into the application.

Please note:

  • Candidates from the French secondary school system must write their written pieces in French, even if they apply  for the Undergraduate College’s programmes in English or international dual degree programmes.
  • Candidates from foreign secondary school systems (applying through the Sciences Po admissions website) have the choice of writing their written pieces in either French or English, depending on the language of the programme(s) they wish to enrol in at Sciences Po.


The written pieces consist of two exercises:

  • Motivations and project for Sciences Po
  • An essay on one of five proposed themes

Please note: The questions of the written pieces may differ for some of the dual degrees with French universities, present on the Parcoursup platform. These questions will be updated when registration on Parcoursup opens.

Calculation of your mark

At the end of Evaluation 3, each of two independent examiners awards the candidate, a mark out of 10. This double assessment of the written pieces is totalled to give a mark out of 20 for the third evaluation of the admissions procedure. Both examiners have an excellent knowledge of the foreign education system and the Sciences Po Undergraduate College.

How Can I Prepare for the Written pieces?

Sciences Po considers each candidate as a unique combination of talents, interests and passions. Whatever your background, skills or previous experience, your writings allow you to highlight the solidity of your motivation and your career, as well as your writing and thinking skills. 

It is very important, in order to prepare your exercice, that your writing be honest, sincere and that you have prepared them alone without any outside help. This could distort the exercise and penalize your grade.


Texts prepared with the help of a third party are recognisable and may have disciplinary consequences. In case of suspicion of plagiarism, essays may be given a mark of 0.

Please note that plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

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