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I submited the Columbia's Goal Essay, 1120 words. They recommend 750 words for R2. I read R1 they recommended 1000 words. Is it a problem for me. I hear somewhere they say that for Goal Essay we can extend a little bit longer. - I want to hear your voice.
I checked several places that posted the essay topics back in July and they all say 750. I find it sort of hard to believe that a school would think its okay to go 50% over their world limit - something that only folks "in the know" could take advantage of. I guess there are always those folks that completely disregard the world limit and still get in because either a) their application was THAT strong, or b) they had a REALLY good reason for going over. But my guess is that 8 times out of 10 this practice isn't particularly helpful. All in all, I wouldn't rely on hearsay to take that liberty.
Last edited by dukes on 26 Dec 2006, 11:28, edited 1 time in total.
I'd say you are way way over - 370 words out of 750 is pretty signficant. Personally, I wouldn't have the guts to submit this. I know of instance where a person submitted a 2,000 word essay for a 500 word essay, but.... she was 35 and had owned and operated several of her own businesses over the years. It flew in the face of the limit, but with good reason - she had fifteen some odd years experience.
Unless you have a really good reason to blow this out of the water, I wouldn't do so.
I agree that submitting an essay that far over the limit will bring an unwanted level of scrutiny and put more pressure on every word. If I was a reader and saw an essay 50% over the limit, I would measuring the quality of each word and experience described. You better be a world class writer and editor to be confident your writing is that tight.