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I think there's a balance between readability and good essays. Once in a while you should throw in a complex sentence to show that you have sentence variety and can write complex sentences and not just "I have a dog. The dog died. I was sad."
My 250 word essays were in the 35-45 range, which I think are good enough. I had to have some long sentences that listed all my accomplishments or concrete leadership examples in one sentence to save words.
But overall I agree with the readability thing and what ncprasad said and quoted. This is a great tool that I'll be using with "Elements of Style" to make my essays under the word limit AND readable!
It's just strange that content has nothing to do with readibility.
Maybe Law stuff are just hard to read to begin with, and requires a certain level of intellect to understand it. No matter how much you break up the sentences, and "dumb it down", it will always be hard to understand, for some/most people.
Comics is easy because it's just people talking, and because the pictures help too!
Ha, this is interesting - I hadn't seen this thread before. All of mine were above fifty except my Kellogg goals essay which unfortunately didn't make the cut. Alas, I'd already submitted. I'll just have to trust that the Kellogg adcom can read at a college level _________________
"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity." - Frank Leahy
Ha, this is interesting - I hadn't seen this thread before. All of mine were above fifty except my Kellogg goals essay which unfortunately didn't make the cut. Alas, I'd already submitted. I'll just have to trust that the Kellogg adcom can read at a college level
I follow the same trend. Ouch. I hope they can survive my first essay, which includes long and convoluted sentences.
And Kudos to this tool. It's amazing!
Re: Essays best practices...
12 Oct 2009, 16:39