My essay is about 640 words long and I don't really want to chop up the essay. (500 word limit) Is it all right to upload the document to the MIT application website even though it exceeds the limit but is below 50 KB?
I would try to cut it down just a wee bit anyways. See if there's any superfluous words that you don't need. Ask someone else to read it and ask whether there's anything they feel you could cut. In most cases, from my experience, you can probably cut at least 30, if not more. It's probably ok to be over, but not by too much. Try to aim for 550 if you can. If you can't, it's probably fine, but it never hurts to try, right?
my essay exceeded 1 page on the print preview, and I got in. there was not ANYTHING I could have cut, I spent months cutting it to the VERY bare bones and it would not have made sense with anything less. so, if it is really of high quality, and can not be cut at all as it is, leave it.
The admissions officers do see the full essay even if it exceeds one page on the pdf preview, right? Because when I preview the essay, the words just get cut off at the end of the page and do not carry onto a new one. :-/ I've spent quite a while cutting it down to the bare minimum too.
What about the word limit for the short essays - is it necessary to exactly stick to the limit in order to show that you can express yourself concise and to the point or is it okay if you have about 140 words, like I have? Everything still fits in the space provided.