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# Do you put the actual word count on your submitted essays?

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27 Oct 2008, 15:20
Hey guys, do you do this? Spoke to a friend last night and he doesn't do it - and now I feel like an ass because I've been putting the word counts on all my essays (standard practice in Australia)! I was about 5% over the word limit in some cases too ...

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27 Oct 2008, 15:26
Don't do it unless asked. If you didn't put them on, they wouldn't notice a 5% overspil.

but since you already have, there isn't anything you can do about it. this is so minor, infact it isn't even a blemish. Easy mate! chill out with a fosters

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27 Oct 2008, 15:26
No, I put the school's word limit after the question, but would not include the actual word count.

Oops, oh well, probably not a big deal.

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27 Oct 2008, 15:39
Nope I didn't but I wouldn't worry about it!

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27 Oct 2008, 17:38
BSchoolorBust wrote:
Hey guys, do you do this? Spoke to a friend last night and he doesn't do it - and now I feel like an ass because I've been putting the word counts on all my essays (standard practice in Australia)! I was about 5% over the word limit in some cases too ...

I didn't on my essays. What if by writing the word count you went over the word limit?!

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27 Oct 2008, 17:53
I didn't do it, but don't worry about it. Considering the various customs around the world, I'm sure the adcoms see all sorts of stuff like that.

They might even be impressed that you were so honest!

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27 Oct 2008, 17:57
I didn't - I just put the question in the header!
LIke others said, I wouldn't worry about it

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27 Oct 2008, 17:59
Thanks a lot guys ... I feel like a real jackass actually. It's funny, where I went to university, it is goes without saying that if you are set a word limit you should include your word count - for some reason I thought it applied here as well.

Anyway, you've all made me feel better about it, but I still feel like a dumbass!

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28 Oct 2008, 00:24
BSchoolorBust wrote:
Thanks a lot guys ... I feel like a real jackass actually. It's funny, where I went to university, it is goes without saying that if you are set a word limit you should include your word count - for some reason I thought it applied here as well.

Anyway, you've all made me feel better about it, but I still feel like a dumbass!

This is absolutely inconsequential. Don't worry about it. So long as you are within 3-5% I highly doubt anyone will care or notice.

Put yourself in Adcom's seat - you have a great applicant who used 20 extra words. Would you send him away?

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