Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2018
The First Year at MIT

First-Year Academics: Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE)

The Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE) is MIT's writing placement test and your first step toward completing the freshman Communication Requirement. Your FEE result will determine which type of Communication Intensive (CI) subject you must take during your freshman year.

All students must take the FEE, except those exempted by an AP or IB score.

Taking the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE)

The FEE is administered online twice during the summer, once in June and once in July. You must register in advance on the FEE website, where you will also find registration deadlines and detailed instructions.

Exemptions from the FEE

You do not need to take the FEE if you have received one or more of these exam scores:

Important details:

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Send questions about the FEE to, and questions about the Communication Requirement to