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# Too short essay ?

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Joined: 06 Jul 2011
Posts: 33

Kudos [?]: 13 [1], given: 24

GMAT 1: 720 Q50 V38

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22 Sep 2012, 06:19
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I need to write an application essay of max 600 words. After writing it, several persons told me to remove a passage that was playing against my best interests. Now, the essay is about 450 words long. I am wondering how the adcom will interpret the fact that I submit an essay with 25% less words than the maximum limit.
I am happy with the current form of the essay and have no problem with submitting it with 450 words but I don't want the adcom to feel like I am not interested by the school (it's actually my top choice and the only school to which I apply) and do not use all the means available to defend my case.
Can I leave it with 450 words or do I have to add something to get closer to 600 words ?

Kudos [?]: 13 [1], given: 24

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Kudos [?]: 222 [0], given: 220

Re: Too short essay ? [#permalink]

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26 Sep 2012, 02:44
Hey deschoup,

Just kidding - 25% under the world limit is too far under the limit. Basically with that little you are probably failing to sufficiently answer some part of the question.

Who are these people that are evaluating your essays anyway? If they told you to remove a passage did they tell you what to add in? No one is doing you a favor if they remove one problem and create another. That's my opinion anyway.

Anyway, I can hear Dee Leopold right now - "Why they gotta say it like Short? (deschoup) You know they can’t play on my court, can’t hang with the big dog, stay on the porch." Bottom line - make the essay longer.

To confirm, I went straight to the source - a real OG expert - and he sent me his advice via jpeg.

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti

deschoup wrote:
I need to write an application essay of max 600 words. After writing it, several persons told me to remove a passage that was playing against my best interests. Now, the essay is about 450 words long. I am wondering how the adcom will interpret the fact that I submit an essay with 25% less words than the maximum limit.
I am happy with the current form of the essay and have no problem with submitting it with 450 words but I don't want the adcom to feel like I am not interested by the school (it's actually my top choice and the only school to which I apply) and do not use all the means available to defend my case.
Can I leave it with 450 words or do I have to add something to get closer to 600 words ?

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