Expert Personal Statement Services

The personal statement is essential to the success of any application for a medical residency, fellowship, master's, PhD, law or other graduate program. And it requires a lot more than simply being a good essay.

The DLA Difference

Whether you're an international graduate needing help overcoming cultural barriers, or someone seeking a competitive edge or simply who doesn't know where to start, you're dealing with a unique and critical challenge in writing a personal statement.

Our Clients Get Accepted

The only clients who have used our personal statement services and were not accepted into a program either ignored our suggestions or did not meet the program's minimum requirements.

Client Acceptance Rates

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Medical Fellowship

100.0%

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Medical Residency

97.4%

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Medical School

100.0%

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Master's & PhD

100.0%

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Law School

100.0%

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Dental School

100.0%

We Give You Multiple Rounds

Both our PS Revision & Critique and PS Consultation packages come with a minimum of 3 rounds + 1 FREE Final Polish!

Where Our Expertise Comes From

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Interviews With Program Directors: We interview program directors and admission committee members to know exactly what they want—and don't want—to see in a personal statement.

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1,000+ Personal Statements Every Year: We consult on, critique, revise, edit and proofread 1,000+ personal statements annually. From this volume alone, we know what it takes to stand out.

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In-House, Highly Trained Personal Statement Experts: We do not use freelancers or students. And only our editors who have undergone rigorous training work on personal statements.

Red Flags We've Helped Our Clients Overcome

Everyone faces challenges, but not everyone overcomes them. We're experts in taking your blemishes and turning them into bright spots!

Red Flags We've Overcome

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Low Test Scores (or Failed Attempts)

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Poor GPA or Academic Performance

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Lack of Relevant Experience

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Professionalism Issues

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Disciplinary Action

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Failure to Match

Word Count Limits

650-850 Words: If your personal statement is shorter than 650 words or longer than 850 words, we strongly recommend either PS Revision & Critique or PS Consultation for it to be successful.

1,200 Words: A personal statement cannot be its most successful if it has more than 1,200 words. If yours is longer, we will require you to shorten it before submitting it for our services.

Will You Write My Personal Statement for Me?

We do not write personal statements, but we will help you to write yours brilliantly.

Not the best writer? Don't worry! No matter whether English is a second language, or you simply have trouble writing, we will guide you in what needs to be written and how.

How Many Personal Statements?

However many you want! The advantage? Each additional personal statement counts as an add-on and receives a significant discount!

Use the Quick Quote Calculator to see your add-on fees and turnaround times.

What Are Add-ons?

All our personal statement packages come with the option to include add-ons at a discounted rate. They depend on the program (e.g., medical residency, law school) you are applying to and include proofreading or editing and feedback of your:

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Additional PS's

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CV/Resume

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ERAS Application

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Letters of Recommendation

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MSPE

Get to Know Us!

We are a team of dedicated, in-house editors with 50+ years' combined experience.

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Samples of Our Work*

Sample Personal Statement
Medical Fellowship—Geriatric
and Palliative Care

Sample Personal Statement
Medical Residency—Ob/Gyn—
IMG with Leave of Absence

* These samples—used with permission—were the result of our PS Revision and Critique service.

Feedback We've Received

“When I came to DLA for help with my personal statement, the application period had already opened, and I knew I was behind. I signed up for the consultation service and cannot be happier with the results. I just had an interview, and the interviewer said my personal statement was one of the best she had ever read, that it clearly presented who I was and the journey I have been on to reach this point. Hearing that made it totally worth the cost!”

Alessandra B., Biddeford, ME

"I can't explain how gratified I felt when I saw the edited personal statement by your team ... Your editing team is definitely something ... This personal statement that I sent to your team was already edited twice by a so-called very famous and professional organization. But I was never satisfied with their work on my personal statement. Now I see a huge difference and without a fret, I can attach it to my residency application. I'll let you know how many interviews I get!"

Abbas K., Danville, KY


Use the Quick Quote Calculator to see your add-on fees and turnaround times.

Our Services

PS Consultation: Expert Guidance for Writing Your Personal Statement

Choose Personal Statement Consultation If:

  1. You want to consult one-on-one with one of our experts;
  2. You have only a few notes or an incomplete draft of your personal statement; or
  3. You have a few ideas but are not sure where to start.

Consultation times are available during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT, Monday through Friday), and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume (or ERAS application).

WHAT THE SERVICE COVERS

With PS Consultation, we will work one-on-one with you to guide you in the drafting of your personal statement.

The Consultation

For the consultation, we will:

  1. Contact you, usually within two to three business hours, to schedule your consultation;
  2. Thoroughly review your CV/resume and any drafts or notes you provide, and will research any particular details of the program you are applying to; and
  3. Guide you through a series of specially tailored questions to decide what to write, and how and where to write it.

After the consultation, we will send you detailed notes to serve as an outline for you to follow when drafting your personal statement.

Revision & Critique - 2+ Rounds

In each round of Revision & Critique, we will:

First, evaluate and critique the content of your personal statement. If any of it needs to be replaced and for all new content that is needed, we will tell you what needs to be written, and where and how to write it.

For all the other content, we will edit for:

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Tone, Style, Voice, Clarity, and Word Choice

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Sentence, Paragraph, and Overall Structure

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Conciseness

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Flow and Transitions

FREE Final Polish

In the FREE Final Polish, we will proofread your revisions with our PS Proofread & Polish service.

PREMIUM vs UNLIMITED

Premium = Consultation + 2 Rounds of Revision & Critique + 1 FREE Final Polish

Unlimited = Consultation + Unlimited Rounds of Revision & Critique + 1 FREE Final Polish

7 DAYS BETWEEN ROUNDS

At the end of each round, our PS Consultation packages include 7 FREE days to submit the revised PS for the next round.

PRICING AND TURNAROUND

Use the Quick Quote Calculator to see your total fee. Turnaround times are:

Consultation

Revision & Critique

Final Polish

Normal Delivery

1st Available

2 Business Days

2 Business Days

Express Delivery

1st Available

1 Business Day

1 Business Day

Rush Delivery

1st Available

8 Business Hours

8 Business Hours

 

PS Revision & Critique: Thorough Review of Your Personal Statement

Choose Personal Statement Revision & Critique If:

  1. Your personal statement is not as concise, engaging or complete as you want it to be;
  2. Your personal statement is shorter than 650 words; or
  3. It is longer than 850 words.

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume (or ERAS application).

WHAT THE SERVICE COVERS

With PS Revision & Critique, we will tell you exactly the improvements needed to make your personal statement successful. We will also edit and proofread your personal statement.

Revision & Critique - 3+ Rounds

In each round of Revision & Critique, we will:

First, evaluate and critique the content of your personal statement. If any of it needs to be replaced and for all new content that is needed, we will tell you what needs to be written, and where and how to write it.

For all the other content, we will edit for:

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Tone, Style, Voice, Clarity, and Word Choice

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Repetition and Redundancy

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Sentence, Paragraph, and Overall Structure

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Conciseness

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Syntax and Phrasing

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Narrative Flow and Transitions

FREE Final Polish

In the FREE Final Polish, we will proofread your revisions with our PS Proofread & Polish service.

PREMIUM vs UNLIMITED

Premium = 3 Rounds of Revision & Critique + 1 FREE Final Polish

Unlimited = Unlimited Rounds of Revision & Critique + 1 FREE Final Polish

7 DAYS BETWEEN ROUNDS

At the end of each round, our PS Revision & Critique packages include 7 FREE days to submit the revised PS for the next round. Additional days may be purchased.

PRICING AND TURNAROUND

Use the Quick Quote Calculator to see your total fee. Turnaround times are:

Revision & Critique

Final Polish

Normal Delivery

2 Business Days

2 Business Days

Express Delivery

1 Business Day

1 Business Day

Rush Delivery

8 Business Hours

8 Business Hours

 

PS Proofread & Polish: Final Polish for Your Personal Statement

Choose Personal Statement Proofread & Polish If:

  1. You have a finished draft of your personal statement;
  2. Its content is concise, engaging and complete; and
  3. Your personal statement is between 650 and 850 words.

WHAT THE SERVICE COVERS

With PS Proofread & Polish, we will correct and improve all the following items where found in your personal statement:*

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Word Choice for Personal Statements

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Superfluous Text

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Punctuation

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Grammar

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Spelling/Typographical Errors

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Basic Rephrasing

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Verb Tense

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Subject-Verb Agreement

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Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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Singular vs Plural Agreement

* PS Proofreading does not include in-depth editing nor feedback on your personal statement.

PRICING AND TURNAROUND

Use the Quick Quote Calculator to see your total fee and turnaround times.

 

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