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# Font Size on Essays

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02 Feb 2007, 18:14
What is the general rule for font size when submitting essays? This particular school limits an essay to two pages rather than having a word count.

Is 10 too small? Would 12 be the standard? Would it be weird if I had a different font size for each essay, or should I stick with one font size for all of them?
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02 Feb 2007, 18:19
id say 12 is standard... 11 is probably okay... but i would never go smaller than that.
i would definately keep all essays the same font size.

one more thing you can do is fudge with margins... make it 1" on each side (MSWord defaults to 1.25" on left and right)... but again, stay consistent on all essays
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02 Feb 2007, 18:19
Times New Roman 12... all that needs to be said.
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02 Feb 2007, 18:25
Any way I could get away with 1.5 lines spacing?
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02 Feb 2007, 18:29
eazyb81 wrote:
Any way I could get away with 1.5 lines spacing?

If you read hundreds of these things a year, you'll instantly know the difference between double and 1.5. You wont fool anyone. I've found I cant tell the difference between 2 and 1.95 though.
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02 Feb 2007, 18:35
rhyme wrote:
I've found I cant tell the difference between 2 and 1.95 though.

that's a good one, if you can actually gain an entire line of text do it... can you?

you could also probably drop to .97" margins or so.
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02 Feb 2007, 20:06
rhyme wrote:
eazyb81 wrote:
Any way I could get away with 1.5 lines spacing?

If you read hundreds of these things a year, you'll instantly know the difference between double and 1.5. You wont fool anyone. I've found I cant tell the difference between 2 and 1.95 though.

But technically i'm not required to use double spacing - it's just "preferred".
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02 Feb 2007, 20:53
I generally used 1.5 line spacing, unless the school asked for double. Several actually asked for 1.5 line (Duke if I recall).

I agree that 12 point Times Roman is a good choice. 1" margins all around works pretty well.
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02 Feb 2007, 21:07
Crapolly. I submitted essays for Kellogg which stated "double spacing". Since it was the only school I applied to this year, I took that to mean "just don't single space" and used 1.5 spacing (on top of a 10 font). I didn't realize schools would actually specialize 1.5 had they wanted it... I know this is starting to sound really obsessive and trivial - but anyone think this was a big faux-pas and I could get crossed off cuz of it?

pelihu wrote:
I generally used 1.5 line spacing, unless the school asked for double. Several actually asked for 1.5 line (Duke if I recall).

I agree that 12 point Times Roman is a good choice. 1" margins all around works pretty well.
02 Feb 2007, 21:07
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