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changing margins to add more words for page limit essays [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 18:47
Do you change your margins in the essays that require a page limit?

I have some essays that require a page limit and I'm thinking about changing the margins all around the page.

What do you think? A no-no?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 18:59
Personally, I wouldn't risk irritating an AdCom reader who might already be having a bad day. I don't think it's worth the risk, schools want to see if you can concisely present yourself and your ideas within given constraints.

On one of my essays I went over the word limit by around 10% or so, but had been told by an AdCom rep that it wouldn't be a problem. I believe there are other schools that are more strict with their limits.
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Re: changing margins to add more words for page limit essays [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 19:26
homefry wrote:
Do you change your margins in the essays that require a page limit?

I have some essays that require a page limit and I'm thinking about changing the margins all around the page.

What do you think? A no-no?


If were talking a minor non-noticeable tweak so you can squeeze in those last three words, go ahead. Otherwise, no.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 05:23
the general point is to maintain a one-inch margin for your essay on all sides.. I dont thinking it will be wise to cut down margins more than that.. else it will do fine..

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 07:15
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the general point is to maintain a one-inch margin for your essay on all sides.. I dont thinking it will be wise to cut down margins more than that.. else it will do fine..

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Is that the standard?

Because Microsoft Word defaults the left and right margins to 1.25"

I'm just leaving it default and squeeze everything in between.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 07:21
I left the margins standard (whatever words default is) on all my docs too.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 08:25
nope its not a standard but i spoke to some of current students at my schools.. especially Tepper.. they said it'll show heavily on the PDF if you go beyond 1 inch.. I guess if you have just one or two lines extra.. that can be included in the doc by adjusting the margin from 1.25 to 1 on the left and right sides.. anytn more than that and mate u'll've to trim your essays..

P.S: dont ever think of adjusting the top margins.. theres'a chance that some of the information at the top may get cut while uploading the doc into PDF..
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