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One of my recommenders submitted his information to a particular school and then emailed me a copy of what was submitted. When I looked at it, the last sentence for one of the questions wasn't complete... i.e. "...will make a good" but left off "candidate for your program".
He claims that the sentence was complete when entered into the system, but it definitely doesn't show on the printout.
Also, he indicated there was a character limit, but I find it hard to believe any school would have such a small character limit. Each response showed exactly 6 lines on the recommendation or about 75 words.
Has anyone heard of such a small limit for a recommendation? Has anyone encountered similar problems with printouts for webforms?
Well a web-form can have a text area which can't display all of the text. So maybe the recommender is right. Moreover, even if he missed the last three words .. ie, "...will make a good" was present, but "candidate for your program" was not, then he didn't lose much. The adcom still got all the selling points that the recommender wanted to have for you. So I'd say, "Don't worry, you're good."
I really dont know for recommendations as i did not get a chance to see them, but for my employment history, i consistently found that a couple of sentences were getting chopped off in the adobe preview section. My form had a maximum of 4 lines, and though i entered within the limit, last few words got chopped off in submission.
It is usually a good practice to preview the recommendation/app before submission. You could ask your recommender to send the recommendation letter in a word doc to the admissions, in case he found the word limit not sufficient. At a Tuck adcom session, they suggested us to do tht.
I read one of my recommendations after it was submitted and there were half-finished sentences and poor grammar EVERYWHERE! I still got in. Don't worry too much--there's a lot of leeway for recommender mistakes.
Re: Recommendation Concern...
05 Jan 2008, 13:13