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What is an Essay?
Essays are brief, non-fiction compositions that describe, clarify, argue, or analyze a topic or a subject.
An essay is usually three to five paragraphs.
A news report is an essay.
News reports are taught in journalism courses.

Do you need to write an essay for admission to various courses?
No, you do not.

Why isn't there a need for an essay for specific courses?
There are various questions for specific courses.
There are initial general questions.
There are course-specific questions.
Your answers to these questions clarify what skills you have and what skills you need.

Previously, admission to various courses required an essay. Nowadays, various schools, colleges, and universities ask questions as displayed here: http://www.qureshiuniversity.com/form_to_email_submit.html

Here are guidelines for better writing.
Do not write fiction.
Always ask relevant questions.

What is the purpose of your writing?
Who is/are your audience?
Why do you need to write an essay?
What is the topic?
How will writing an essay on this topic be useful to people?
Where is an essay useful?
How do you get an essay topic?
The topic can be of your choice, or it can be assigned to you.

What should you keep on your mind while writing an essay?
What is the topic or question of the essay?
How many paragraphs should an essay be?
What is the conclusion of the essay?
An essay ideally should be five paragraphs or longer.
Your final goal should be to write detailed reports in question-and-answer format.

Here are further guidelines.

As founder of Qureshi University, I do not encourage essays. You should focus on English language for everyday use.
What English language skills do you need for everyday?
English language letters that can be transmitted via e-mail, fax, postal mail, or by hand.
Telephone conversations.
Situation-specific English language.
Work-specific English language.
Statement of Purpose
What is a Statement of Purpose in the context of admission to various courses?

Answers to these questions make a good statement of purpose. These questions are included at http://www.qureshiuniversity.com/form_to_email_submit.html.

What skills and knowledge do you have on the the day you are answering this question?

Here are various examples.
You need to include a scenario that fits your situation.
For example: I am an 18-year-old male (or female) and have skills and knowledge of the English language, social studies, math, and science relevant to high school.

I am a 36-year-old male (or female) and have skills and knowledge of an English language teacher.

I am a 44-year-old male (or female) and have skills and knowledge of a medical doctor.

I am a 50-year-old male or female and have skills and knowledge of an engineer.

What is the day and location when you are answering this question?

Here are various examples.
Today is Thursday January 12, 2012.
I am located in the state of California.
I would like to come to Illinois to get educated.
I would prefer to stay in California and get educated.

What skills and knowledge would you like to gain after been selected for a specific course or degree?

Here are various examples.
I would like to be an English language teacher.
(English language teacher is expected to teach other subjects like social studies, math, and science.)

I would like to be a medical doctor.

I would like to be an engineer.

I would like to be a lawyer.

My medical college did not teach me properly how to reach a correct diagnosis and treat a human being. I would like to take continuing education in medicine.

I would like to take continuing education in a specific subject or topic.

I would like to be governor of a specific state.

I would like to be (specify the details).

How long do you think it is going to take you?

Usually it takes years.

Can it take less or more than the estimated time to complete?

I will be glad if I complete the work in less than the estimated time.