Word Count : The B-School Application
Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 18 Jan 2017, 21:27

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Word Count

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Current Student
Joined: 28 Feb 2008
Posts: 370
Location: New York, Paris
Schools: Wharton '11
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 10:57
Does anyone know if the word counts are hard and fast or is +/- 10%?

Thanks!
Director
Joined: 28 Dec 2005
Posts: 921
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 11:23
Yes, a 10% variance is considered ok. One is not recommended to go past 10% of word limits.
Senior Manager
Joined: 29 May 2008
Posts: 278
Schools: MIT
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 3

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 11:33
I would check with the school. Some are more ok with going over by 10% than others. At HBS, I was told by an adcom that after 20 words past the limit, the reader would just cut you off and stop reading. But some other schools seem to be fine with the 10% rule.
Current Student
Joined: 28 Feb 2008
Posts: 370
Location: New York, Paris
Schools: Wharton '11
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 11:49
Thanks for info. HBS seems to be pretty strict... Great to know, many of my HBS essays are around +10%... Some more work to do!
Director
Joined: 25 Dec 2007
Posts: 524
Schools: Harvard '11
Followers: 9

Kudos [?]: 64 [0], given: 28

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 12:33
I'm personally sticking within all the word limits. Why take a chance?
Senior Manager
Joined: 29 May 2008
Posts: 278
Schools: MIT
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 3

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 12:49
msday86 wrote:
I'm personally sticking within all the word limits. Why take a chance?

Agreed. All my essays were/will be exactly at the word limit or a few under.
SVP
Joined: 05 Aug 2007
Posts: 1502
Schools: NYU Stern '11
Followers: 15

Kudos [?]: 211 [0], given: 22

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 13:04
I am going to assume a "recommended" limit allows a little more flexibility with the number of words you may use. Columbia prescribes a 750 word limit for their goals essay, for instance. I'm going to be around 780 words - so I think any reasonable admissions committee should be alright with that.
Current Student
Joined: 28 Feb 2008
Posts: 370
Location: New York, Paris
Schools: Wharton '11
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2008, 13:36
I think that I will play it safe and stick to the limit. Thanks for the advice guys!
Manager
Joined: 06 Apr 2008
Posts: 171
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

04 Aug 2008, 06:13
Yeah even if the schools allow for a +/-10%, when you're trying to make your essays as perfect as possible why do it?To keep within the limits I always say (to myself) why would the adcom take me when I cannot even squeeze my essays into their requirements.
Director
Joined: 28 Dec 2005
Posts: 921
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

04 Aug 2008, 06:17
Agreed, but don't spend an inordinate amount of time on the small stuff. If it is 503 words for a 500 word limit, that's really alright. There is no need to spend another 2 hours trying to bring it down to 500 words.
Manager
Joined: 31 Oct 2007
Posts: 242
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

04 Aug 2008, 08:38
hsampath wrote:
Agreed, but don't spend an inordinate amount of time on the small stuff. If it is 503 words for a 500 word limit, that's really alright. There is no need to spend another 2 hours trying to bring it down to 500 words.

Agreed. They are not going to count your words anyway, but they do have a good idea of what a 500 word essay looks like on paper. If you are close to their visual expectations, the exact number of words is not relevant. I personally try to hem myself into the limit, but only because I think it provides discipline and helps me produce better essays.
Re: Word Count   [#permalink] 04 Aug 2008, 08:38
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Essay: word count 1 20 May 2010, 15:48
Accurate Word Count 2 11 Oct 2009, 09:20
Not Utilizing Alloted Word Count 5 08 Dec 2007, 07:20
Word count vs Character count 7 22 Oct 2007, 21:46
Word count question 12 22 Aug 2007, 07:40
Display posts from previous: Sort by