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# Length of an essay for good score ( above 5)

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18 May 2012, 09:12
Can any experiecned person (who got 5 above in essays) or an expert please recommend what would be the enough length of an essay to get good score (above 5)?

I have read that they recommend 500 words but from my practice I have found that I have been able to only type max 300-350 words and am a little worried now.

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19 May 2012, 02:31
It's not so much the number of words that you put in but the structure and the content of your essays that matter. Of course, putting in a very well structured essay with great content but only 200 words will only mean that the essay is underdeveloped.

For AWA, try to flesh out your response in about 4-5 different paras, each containing a different point for your analysis. Within each para, try to support your reasoning with 4-5 sentences. At the end of it all about 15 words/sentence x 5 sentences x 5 paras = 375+ words. This should make for a well-rounded response.

If you are worried that you are not putting enough content to be meaningful, then make sure you are not addressing the issue from only one point of view.
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