Is 210 words okay for UC essay?





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Discus: College Admissions: 2002 - 2003 Archive: November 2003 Archive: Is 210 words okay for UC essay?
By Ahlawahed (Ahlawahed) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 07:12 pm: Edit

I was wondering if 210 or 215 words would be okay for the UC essay? Anyone know?

By Becks777 (Becks777) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 07:37 pm: Edit

woah!...i have 250 for one and 690 for another

By Ahlawahed (Ahlawahed) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 11:16 pm: Edit

thats way too much!!!!!!! will not appear into the computer

By Sidestoner (Sidestoner) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 11:47 pm: Edit

No, but it's a decent PSAT score...

By Freudboy (Freudboy) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 02:05 am: Edit

do you think 1100 words / 1000 will be ok

By Twinkletoes696 (Twinkletoes696) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 02:22 am: Edit

Uh oh, do you think 1800 on the first one and 7892 (I know I went a bit overboard)on the second is okay as well???

By Trojan1444 (Trojan1444) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 03:44 am: Edit

7892...hmmm

By Sac (Sac) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 12:45 pm: Edit

yes

By Ahlawahed (Ahlawahed) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 01:41 pm: Edit

could someone answer me about the 210 for the 200?

By Hikarikun (Hikarikun) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 02:15 pm: Edit

If they say it's 200, then do your best to make it 200.

By Sac (Sac) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 02:34 pm: Edit

I did answer you. The answer is yes, it's ok.

This, from UC Notes: "Follow the word-count guidelines as closely as you can to stay within the 1,000-word limit, but don't worry if you run a little over or under on an individual question (for example, 205 or 199 words is fine)."

By Abyss (Abyss) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 03:12 pm: Edit

twinkletoes, judging from your profile, i'd say you go overboard in everything. ;) but really i think it says a lot about your character, and it's a positive thing in your situation. (if you're not tediously boring)

By Wizzz (Wizzz) on Sunday, November 23, 2003 - 07:40 pm: Edit

While its ok to go over the limit I wouldn't recommed it. What my dad told me, and I agree with him, that in many job applications (and college essays are pretty much the same thing, you are advertising yourself) when there are word limits you are expected to stick to them, and in fact if you stay right on the word limit it shows that you actually care, more than someone who went 20 or 30 words over. This is because it shows you took the time to go through, word by word and find ways to compact it and remove words to get to the limit (this is what I had to do), and this is a skill in itself. It also shows you didn't just copy and paste an essay that was used for a different school without at least respecting the UC's word limit. I'm attempting 200, 200, and 600 exactly though I might be a little paranoid and a word or two under will probably not hurt, but I would definitely not go more than 10 up or 10 down.


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