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I was wondering if schools allow a 10% 'buffer' on the word count limit of essays. So if the word count limit is 1000, we can write up to 1100. Does anyone know if this is the case, or should we strickly stick to 800 words?

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Hello,

I was wondering if schools allow a 10% 'buffer' on the word count limit of essays. So if the word count limit is 1000, we can write up to 1100. Does anyone know if this is the case, or should we strickly stick to 800 words?

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Hi,

It is always preferable to stick to the limit, as you should not provide them any excuse of rejecting your application.

Some of the schools are very strict to work count such as LBS while others allow you to remain within limits. If not 10%, then 2-5% is acceptable.

Personally, I feel try to cut those extra words.
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It also depends on the exact wording of their prompt. If they say "write an essay of 1000 words" or "about 1000 words," then, yes, you'd be safe to go a little over. But, as abhimahna suggests, 2-5% over is better If they provide both word count and page count guidelines, make sure you're within both. So, it might still be okay to go a little over 1000 words if you're not going over 3 double-spaced pages. But, yes, some programs will use things like going over the word count by even a single word as an excuse to reject you. They do this for one of two reasons: 1.) They get so many applicants that it's an easy way to cull the pile they have to read. 2.) It shows that you can't follow directions, and that you can't write concisely. If they think you should only need 1000 words to address their prompt thoroughly and you need more, it's probably because you're going beyond what they're asking for, or because your writing is wordy/awkward. Now they might not be right in thinking that; it could be you have extenuating circumstances and you really do need more words to explain them. But as someone who has graded a lot of essays, I'm telling you this is what's going to be going through their head. If you do have a situation where you think you need more than 1000 words for a GOOD reason, email admissions and ask if it's okay given your situation.
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Hello,

I was wondering if schools allow a 10% 'buffer' on the word count limit of essays. So if the word count limit is 1000, we can write up to 1100. Does anyone know if this is the case, or should we strickly stick to 800 words?

Thanks,
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Hi Valentin,

Unfortunately, the right answer is yes, you should stick to the word limit.

Firstly, most applications are hosted on online portals with in-built word counters, which would simply knock off the words that exceed the word count. Secondly, one of the most important aspects of an application is the ability to showcase a structured thought process, which means sticking to the word limit! The essays can make or break your application. We recommend you take the help of friends or family or an alumnus of the targeted B-school to help you put up exceptional essays. You can even reach out to admission experts, in case neither are available.

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vmelgargalan wrote:
Hello,

I was wondering if schools allow a 10% 'buffer' on the word count limit of essays. So if the word count limit is 1000, we can write up to 1100. Does anyone know if this is the case, or should we strickly stick to 800 words?

Thanks,
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You can comfortably go over 10% (or under) without any problems. If you do so, though there should be a reason (i.e. you REALLY are getting more out of that extra 10%)

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