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Few questions regarding word limit and spacing on essays;
1. Is it ok to exceed the word limit specified by the essays? If so, by how much. 2. In my essay question it says - double-spaced What does this mean - does it mean line spacing should be double?
It is generally NOT ok to go over the word limits, but if you do go over, you should never go over by more than 5 - 10%. For instance, if there is a 700 word limit, NEVER go over 770 words, and really try to keep it within 735 words. If you go over this, it will be looked upon negatively.
If there is a page limit (aka 1 page maximum) make sure to stay within this guideline. DO NOT go onto the 2nd page.
I personally used 1.5 spacing and went ~5% over the word count in every essay I wrote.
I don't think it really makes a difference if you use single, 1.5, or double spacing. Whatever your think looks best. As far as word count, going over a little is fine, but you definitely don't want to go over 10%.