Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Adhering to word limits, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- One of the most challenging aspects…of writing a college application essay…is keeping within the required or suggested word limit.…For the common application,…the range is 250 to 650 words.…The maximum used to be 500 words,…but luckily, they raised the limit to 650 in 2013.…Because the common app is submitted…by an electronic form online,…the website actually won't allow you to submit an essay…if it's over 650 words or under 250.…
As the common app reminds you,…650 words is your limit, not your goal.…This is their subtle way of telling you…that sometimes shorter is better.…Some common app schools require you…to submit a writing supplement…in addition to the main essay.…That gives you a chance to tell the school…a little more about who you are…and why you're a good fit for them.…These essays tend to have tight word limits too.…Standford, for example, requires applicants…to answer three separate essay topics.…Each in 250 words or less.…
What a challenge.…Some colleges or universities…make writing supplements optional…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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