Review of Autobiographical Sketch (ABS)

(also known as Curriculum Vitae (CV) or List of Activities)

Showcase your experiences and achievements.

Applications to university programs often require candidates to compile a list-like document summarizing their profile.  Commonly these types of documents are referred to as an Autobiographical Sketch (ABS), Résumé, Curriculum Vitae (CV) or List of Activities.  

This document is meant to contain a list of concise entries that detail your experiences, including work, academics, extracurricular, and volunteer activities and awards/accomplishments.

Students often overlook the importance of this document, which should be viewed as a critical component of the application. It is your opportunity to highlight your achievements. The challenge is to convey these experiences both clearly and concisely.

We review your document and provide detailed recommendations on how you can improve your entries.

Review of ABS / CV / List of Activities

You will receive a detailed set of written comments designed to improve the content and quality of your ABS.  Your document will go through two levels of review; first by an Astroff Coach, and then by Dr. Robert Astroff personally, before being sent back to you.

COST: Generally ranges from $150 – $350 per draft

The benefits of this review:

  • Two-level review process.

  • Editorial suggestions to make your entries both effective and precise.

  • Strategies to maximize content of entries given limited character counts.

  • Guidance on turning experiences into compelling entries.

  • Advice on activities to include and exclude.

  • Recommendations on formatting, editing and style to ensure clarity and consistency.

How does the process work?

We start with a draft of your document that you send to us. We will provide you with a quote prior to starting any work on your document.  Once you have approved the quote, we review your draft and make recommendations for improvement. We will provide you with our written comments, as well as offer to schedule a phone call if you would like to discuss our suggestions in further detail (which can be beneficial to ensure that there are no misunderstandings about the suggestions that we make).  Learn More about our Document Review Process

Who will be reviewing my document?

At Astroff, it is a collaborative effort to analyze and make recommendations on your documents.  Your documents will go through two levels of review; first by an Astroff Coach, and then by Dr. Robert Astroff personally, before being sent back to you.

About Dr. Robert Astroff

Dr. Robert Astroff has graduated from four prestigious universities across Canada, having pursued academic studies at the highest level, attaining four university degrees including a law degree and PhD.  He has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, to name a few.  He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, lectured at prominent universities, and published several books on the admissions process.  

About our Astroff Coaches

Only the best and brightest individuals become a part of Astroff Consultants.  Our coaches consist of individuals who are both exceptional communicators as well as excellent mentors, who are then trained personally by Dr. Astroff.

What if I'm working on more than one document?

If you are working on several different types of application documents (such as application essays and an autobiographical sketch), we recommend that you start writing your autobiographical sketch first.  The entries that you write for your ABS will help you formulate your personal statement/application essays.

Do you write documents on behalf of candidates?

We do not write documents for clients.  Instead, we  provide detailed recommendations for improvement based on the drafts that you provide to us, and assist you in producing the best documents that you can through our coaching and mentoring. We do more than develop applications.  We develop skills.  Our clients consistently tell us that our document review process actually improved their ability to write effectively, express their ideas clearly, and think critically. 

Register to start our document review process.

OTHER OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Application Essay Review

Starting at $150

Brainstorming Session

$200 (1 hour session)

Resume / CV Review

Starting at $150