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How strict are professors about sticking to the exact word count?
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4/22/2024 3:58 PM (PST)

Hey everyone, I'm working on an essay for a class assignment and I'm trying to stay within the word limit. How strict are professors about sticking to the exact word count? I've heard mixed things about whether you can go a bit over or under the limit. Does anyone have experience with this? Also, does going over the word count impact your grade, or is it more about how well you convey your ideas within the given limit? Any advice would be appreciated!

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4/22/2024 4:53 PM (PST)

That's a great question! From my experience, professors vary in their strictness about word limits. Some are pretty flexible, allowing a 10% deviation either way, while others might dock points if you exceed the essay word count. A lot depends on the instructions given in the assignment rubric. I found this article https://www.customwritings.com/blog/word-limit-in-essays that talks about essay word limits and how to manage them. It suggests sticking to the limit as closely as possible, but it also highlights that it's more about quality than quantity. If you focus on clear and concise ideas, you'll be in good shape. Just make sure you check the specific requirements for your assignment. Good luck with your essay!

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4/22/2024 5:42 PM (PST)

I agree with what has been said. Sticking to the word count is important, but clarity and coherence are crucial. I always try to plan my essays to make sure I'm hitting the main points without adding too much fluff. One tip is to write out everything you want to say, then edit it down to meet the word count. It helps to stay focused on your thesis and make sure every paragraph supports it. That usually keeps you on track.

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4/24/2024 3:17 AM (PST)

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